BookFinder.com’s most searched for out of print books in Australia list is making waves in Hawks Bay, New Zealand. The top book on the list, “The Guide to Fresh Water Angling in Hawke's Bay, by Charles Russell Barham” has been out of print for years and it seems the family of the author is also looking for a copy.
Hawks Bay Today first published BookFinder.com’s list at the beginning of January. When Barham’s widowed wife Maree returned home from her Christmas holiday and read about its online popularity she was floored. In a followup article published yesterday, Maree spoke to the paper, and explains that her family is also searching for a copy of her husband's book.
"I was just blown away, it's been more than 25 years since he died," she said. "When I saw the article in the newspaper I thought, 'what's this?'"
"To know that 40 years after it was published people are looking for it now is amazing. He put his heart and soul into that book."
She said Barham, who went by his middle name, was a great outdoors man and angler. Born in New Plymouth in 1932, he spent most of his adult life in the Bay.
The book's appearance in the news also stirred emotions for the couple's youngest daughter, Cathy Davel, who was 9 when her father died. Mrs Davel, who now lives in Wellington, said she didn't have much to remember him by or much to give her own children to know him by, either.
"I'm a mum now of two children and it would be special to have something to pass on to them."
So if you are a bookseller, or an avid angler, and happen to have a copy of this sought after tome send us a note and we will put you in touch with the family who would be very happy to hear from you. Come on everyone, let's make this a happy ending and find them a copy of this book!
Posted by Scott