Chemicals Book Column: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I’ve just finished a great book, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” by Paul Torday. What’s the relevance to the chemical industry. Nothing much really, only it has
• Middle East interest
• The unbridgeable gulf between techie experts and inept management
• Corporate and political scheming
• Fish

Other good books I’ve read recently with flimsy chemical connections:
• “Two Caravans” by Marina Lewycka (it’s got Central Europe, agriculture, passing references to ammonia)
• “Aberystwyth Mon Amour” by Malcolm Pryce (Wales, vice, Patagonia, guano).

Suggestions please for other great chemical novels…

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2 Responses to Chemicals Book Column: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

  1. Adam 24 September, 2007 at 11:48 am #

    Aberystwyth Mon Amour and its sequels are fantastic, clever bits of writing.

  2. Anu 25 September, 2007 at 10:09 am #

    A must read for anyone associated with the oil and chemical industry is ‘Crude’ by Sonia Shah. A compelling read which gives an insight in the key issues surrounding the oil industry and little known facts about the industry and the big boys that operate in it. Great read ….and makes you worry about the world your children will inherit if you keep driving those SUVs……

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