Shop reels in popular star for book-signing event

Robson Green, who will be appearing at Waterstones in Morpeth on Saturday.
Robson Green, who will be appearing at Waterstones in Morpeth on Saturday.

VISITORS to a Morpeth book shop on Saturday can meet a famous North-East actor who is also becoming well-known for his fishing adventures.

Robson Green, who is originally from Hexham, got his first major television role in the BBC series Casualty and then moved to national prominence as Fusilier Dave Tucker in the ITV drama series Soldier Soldier.

He also achieved some music success following the public reaction to a scene in one of the episodes where he and co-star Jerome Flynn sang ‘Unchained Melody’.

As well as appearing in other shows, the keen fisherman presents his own series: ‘Extreme Fishing with Robson Green’.

Now he’s brought out a book featuring the fantastic fishing locations he has visited around the world. It is full of facts, tips and stories about his travels.

And Robson will be signing copies of ‘Extreme Fishing’ and chatting to his fans in the Waterstones store at Sanderson Arcade from about 3pm. Staff are advising residents to come along earlier as there is big demand.

The TV series has followed him ice fishing in Siberia, catching a 30-pound King Salmon in Patagonia and hunting the elusive Mekong Giant Catfish in Thailand among other journeys.

His book accompanying the series is proving to be just as big a hit with readers as the show is with viewers.

Centre Manager at Sanderson Arcade, Medi Parry, said: “We’re very excited to be welcoming Robson Green to the centre.

“The book signing sessions at Waterstones are always really popular with our shoppers and we’re sure lots of people will be keen to come along to meet him.”

• Waterstones has five signed copies of Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing to give away to readers. For a chance to win a copy, simply correctly answer the following question:

Where did Robson Green hunt the Mekong Giant Catfish?

Those entering the competition are asked to send or hand in their answer on a postcard, along with their address and contact telephone number, to Waterstones, Unit 5, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, NE61 1TB. The draw will take place on Saturday morning.

The following is a review of the book by Caroline Dominey:

‘When Robson Green was offered the opportunity to present a new fishing programme, he jumped at the chance. After all, ever since he fished with his uncle Matheson as a boy, he has had an abiding enthusiasm for fishing, so this seemed like a dream come true.

Little could he have imagined what an escapade this would turn out to be and the adventures he would enjoy.

This revealing and often hilarious book takes us behind the scenes of the popular programme, showing the highs and lows that accompanied Robson’s travels in search of some of the most elusive fish in the world.

We discover, among other things, how it was only a fisherman’s nose for fish that allowed them to finally catch the elusive Atlantic Blue Marlin, which saved the show from being cancelled at the 11th hour, and also how he survived a force-10 hurricane on a Canadian trawler – all in a day’s work!

All of this is told in Robson’s trademark cheeky fashion, which makes for some priceless anecdotes.

It is hard to fault his sheer enthusiasm and I would recommend Extreme Fishing as a thoroughly entertaining insight into an often very private world.’