Wallop Books Ltd is a small publishing company based in Hampshire, England.
Its first published title, Double Delphi: The Rise and Fall of a Fisherman’s Fantasy, is the lively memoir of Peter Mantle, which recounts his extraordinary attempts to create two world-class fly-fishing lodges in Ireland and the Bahamas in the face of many adversities.
But Double Delphi is also a tale of the many remarkable people encountered along the way, from Prince Charles to IRA leader Martin McGuinness, from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to triple-Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis – and many, many more.
Double Delphi is the extraordinary story of Peter Mantle’s venture to create two world-class flyfishing lodges – in Ireland and in the Bahamas – in the face of massive challenges.
Whether fighting off an attempt to mine Europe’s richest gold deposit on Delphi’s doorstep in Ireland, or taking on the Irish government and the salmon farming industry over their destruction of wild fish stocks, this is a saga of his battle for survival in two of the most beautiful wilderness areas known to man.
But Double Delphi is as much a tale about the amazing people encountered along the way – from Prince Charles, Desmond Tutu, Bernie Madoff, Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin McGuinness and an eclectic litany of other well-known names, to the many hundreds of ordinary fisherfolk and other visitors eager to share the dream.
After twenty-five tumultuous years in Ireland, the focus switches to the Bahamas where Mantle built a stunning oceanfront lodge and faced more big challenges as he sought to crack the American fly-fishing market amid a collapsing world economy.
Any fishing fanatic fantasising about running a lodge may think again after reading this book. Or they may, like Peter Mantle, feel the whole bumpy road was well worth travelling.
“A gem of a book. I absolutely loved it.”
Former editor, Trout & Salmon