Respected Carper Releases Book!

We’re getting excited for a couple of book launches this winter, most notably from our own Ali Hamidi (you can find details here… http://www.korda.co.uk/carpfishingnews/ali-hamidi-launches-new-book/) and Dave Levy. Dave is a long-time carper who is hugely respected across the carp scene, both for the prodigious number of big carp that he’s caught, and the dignified way he goes about it!

We spent a few minutes talking to Dave about what we can expect from his first book, Fallen Kings…

“It’s been two years in the making” Dave told us, “I’d always wanted to write a book. I was influenced by Rob Maylin’s books as a teenager and dreamed of publishing one myself one day. Of course, you don’t know if you’re going to catch the fish to pull one off, but as time wore on a few offers from publishers came my. When I’d been asked before, I didn’t have the guts. However, the change came when I’d read a few new books from angling contemporaries of mine – if they could do it, I knew that I could! Although I wasn’t over-confident with the whole process, I knew that I wanted to see my own book up on the shelf, alongside others that I’d been so influenced by.

“Writing the book a lot longer than I’d expected, once into the swing of it though, it all fell into place… I did have to give up fishing for a while though! Through that winter I wrote all the time. Some chapters came easier than others; delving into early memories was hard, they were buried so deep. I’d be lying in bed, mind buzzing with the effort of recalling what it felt like way back when. Of course, the more current it got the easier it was because I had detailed diaries! I’m particularly proud that the book extends to over 400 pages, with 400 photos to illustrate it. Quite a lot of the pictures have never been published before, including two fish of over 40lb that have never seen the press!”

The venues included in the book read like a directory of famous waters: Yateley, The Essex Manor, Walthamstow, Cleverley Mere, Sutton-at-Hone, and dozens of others feature!

Fallen Kings is priced at £30 and is available to preorder right now, from:


Dave will be at the Carp Society Show at Sandown, Carpin’ On at Five Lakes, and the Carp Spectacular at Brentwood with his book, so pop along and say hi!