Author Julian Pepperell will talk about his new book 'Fishing for the Past'.
Author Julian Pepperell will talk about his new book 'Fishing for the Past'. Contributed

Reel in, don't let this one slip away

IF YOU are into fishy tales then get hooked on local author Julian Pepperell's new book.

Fishing For the Past, subtitled Casting Nets and Lines Into Australia's Early Colonial History, is an original work based on historic diaries of European explorers. The book is the result of extensive research and a passion for all things fish.

"This book took quite a number of years to piece together,” Mr Pepperell said.

"It's a new look at Australia's history of fishing.”

Mr Pepperell has a background as a marine biologist specialising in both onshore and offshore fish species.

"Throughout my career I was often asked about what it would have been like for the first European fishers,” he said. "What I've done is read through all the first voyages to Australia and gleaned what they were writing and what they were catching,” he said.

While he acknowledged indigenous Australians fished many areas prior the Dutch, French and English diaries, the writings gave insight into what was being caught then and a comparison to what is still being fished today.

His book also includes 120 historic illustrations from artists aboard the boats.

Mr Pepperell is highly respected in Australian fishing circles and had success with his previous book Fishes of the Open Ocean.

Annie's Books on Peregian will hold an author talk with wine and cheese on Tuesday, November 20 from 6pm to give people a chance to hear Mr Pepperell speak. The free event will be on the footpath outside the bookshop on Kingfisher Drive and people can bring a folding chair if they wish.


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