Arthur Applin

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He was an actor, playwright and prolific novelist, but we like Applin best of all for his Philandering Angler. Published in 1948, just a year before his death, and illustrated by BB, this memoir nudges and winks through some wonderful tales and includes the best ‘forced off the river’ excuse ever.

Having found a stream full of brownies in northern France, Applin was aghast to be turfed out of his hotel before he could exploit it. Mind you, the German army was invading…

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