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Weymouth takes time to talk to those he meets, tease out the stories and understand the shocking effects we have been causing on this otherwise unspoilt wilderness and the way that people who have depended on this natural resource are trying to change to reverse some of the changes. For a debut travel writer,  he is pretty accomplished. This is a really enjoyable travel book with a sharp focus and I am looking forward to reading what he does next.” – Paul Cheney, Half Man Half Book

 

“This book is a very clever mix of human interest, personal experience and facts. I never thought I’d find myself so fascinated by the lives of salmon!  Adam’s writing style is very engaging, he doesn’t bombard you with facts and figures, he gives you just enough for you to understand the situation and get a feel for his experiences and the experiences of others.  I think the length and readability of this book is perfect. I was honestly so surprised to enjoy it as much as I did.

I do have to say that my favourite parts were the human interest elements. Adams accounts of his meeting of the locals along the way, staying with them, eating with them, fishing with them. Their stories were very interesting and Adam’s interaction with them too.” – Amanda Chatterton, Bookish Chat

“I loved the way that Weymouth let the people along the Yukon tell their own stories, and sort of sat back and let them talk on the page. He does not try to impose his own opinions or narrative on things, and this book is much more about the journey, places, and people than about the author. A lot of travel writing is about a personal journey, some sort of self-discovery, but that doesn’t really happen here, and it was actually quite refreshing. I do like reading those more personal travel books, but Kings of the Yukon is about how people interact with nature, and how that impacts the animals, the land, and in the end the people themselves. Weymouth writes about the impact of overfishing and the bureaucracy that is put in place to control it, successful or otherwise. I felt I was learning new things right from the start of the book, which was wonderful.” – Lizzi Risch, These Little Words

 

“Weymouth guides us through dramatically beautiful landscape in this epic journey along the world’s longest salmon run.  As with all good travel writing, there are personal anecdotes to enjoy but Weymouth is at his best when he lets the people he meets speak for themselves. There’s a clear message here about the dwindling salmon numbers and our part in their depletion, communicated most effectively through their voices. This is a land with a rich indigenous culture, suffering desperate unemployment and poverty with all its attendant problems: its people deserve to be heard. Weymouth’s eloquent book does just that.” – Susan Osborne, A Life In Books

 

“Rich with amazing descriptions of the Alaskan/Yukon landscapes, the native ways of life, Western-Native interactions, commercial fishing processes, and how all these things affect the life cycle and future viability of King salmon populations it makes for a beautiful read, unlike anything I’ve come across before. So much more than just travel writing; Kings of the Yukon is an exploration of the relationship between fish and man, woven alongside stories of the people Weymouth meets on his trip, their habits, their ways and traditions – and it’s also a very evocative account, whereby you can almost smell the fish and feel the wind and taste the clear water of the Yukon.” – Lucy Pearson, The Lit Edit

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