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ISBN 978 0 906294 71 0. 96 pages, 40 illustrations. Soft back.
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Hevva!
Cornish Fishing in the Days of Sail

by Keith Harris

Hevva! was the cry that echoed from cliff-tops as the great pilchard shoals were sighted, ‘a stain of red, purple and silver in the water’. This was the call of the ‘huer’, summoning fishermen to their boats in the bountiful days of the Cornish fishing industry, now long passed. In his book, Keith Harris describes life and work in an age when Cornwall’s prosperity largely depended upon the skill of its fishermen harvesting the migrant shoals that seasonally passed their shores. No romantic figures these, but ‘hard men bred by hard conditions’ sailing in vessels ‘built to last and built to work’. Nonetheless, much folklore, verse, and many traditions remain, here collected and recounted by the author whose own striking illustrations accompany the well-researched text.

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