Quote from the introduction by Quentin Bates, New Year's Eve 1999: "These trips all took place in 1998 and 1999, fitted in around a variety of other commitments, and most were organised on the spur of the moment. These were all trips on family-owned boats, rather than on company boats. This is not something that was planned, it just worked out that way. The book is not an attempt to put together a definitive picture of the British fishing industry, I don't have the time or enough pages to play with for a fishing industry. I don't have the time or enough pages to play with for a task of that size. This is intended to be a series of snapshots, an idea of how fishermen live, work and think at the close of the 20th century. Although I have toned down the bulk of the more vigourous expletives and fruitier language throughout the book, these pages represent fishermen as they are."
Used availability for Quentin Bates's Life on the Edge
July 2001 : UK Paperback