Sunday, 11 May 2014

Osprey Specimen Book Launch

Osprey specimen book launch.

The Osprey group was formed by a group of specimen hunters and built around the pursuit of significant fish. It became a diverse fellowship of like minded anglers who shared their passion and expertise.
The Osprey Specimen Group are pleased to announce the launch of their much anticipated book 'The Osprey Specimen Group and Friends'. Possibly the first ever Specimen Group book of its genre!
Simon King was the records officer of the Osprey Group, as well as a unique  and accomplished angler.  Fellow members past and present have gathered in this book to pay tribute to his memory.

There are contributions from well known anglers from the specimen fishing world that include Chris Yates, Bob Buteux, Martin Bowler, Chris Turnbull, Len Arbery, Tony Gibson, Neill Stephen, Bob Morris, Chris Ball plus many more. There are also some brilliant anglers who have not written in a book before.
It should appeal to anglers of all backgrounds and draws its inspiration from a variety of the traditional, modern, historic and pleasure.  

The book launch shall be taking place 31st May at the Lands End Inn, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire RG10 0UE from 12 noon. The selling of the 50 First Edition Cloth copies will take place at the event. No pre-orders will be taken for these and are on sale first come, first served.  Priced at £40 inclusive of a numbered and signed certificate. At 360 pages, a fantastic book for all to buy, especially for the value!
20 Leather bound copies at £180 have been produced which will be available on general sale through Calm Productions. The standard copy is priced at just £25.

Chris Turnbull has contributed a chapter which includes a painting. This original painting will be auctioned by way of a blind bid.

The way this will work is that anybody wishing to bid can do so by emailing an offer to: placing a bid leaving contact details. This email option will close at 5pm on Friday 30th, and will continue throughout the day at the Lands End Inn. The Auction will conclude at 4pm where the highest bidder will be announced. The auction will consist of the Original painting by Chris Turnbull, and the number 1 (one) leather bound copy. A reserve price of £800 has been applied.

Many other attractions will take place on the day including a selection of paintings by Chris Turnbull and the chance to purchase some other specimen books at a reduced price, plus much more!

Simon K was very much the driving force behind getting the book together before losing a short battle with cancer. It was decided that all profits from the sales of the book be donated to Cancer Research UK in memory of Simon King.
A special Split cane rod has been made in memory of Simon K - further details to be announced.
It is very much a book about specimen fish and the pleasure it brings us. All contributors have been invited and a good turnout is expected. It is certainly an event not to be missed!

Further details regarding the sale of standard copies priced £25 (plus posting and packaging) will be through or call 0845 408 2606 or 0208 320 3886

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