Gravesend carp enthusiast delighted after fishing book sells 1,000 copies

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 May 2014

Craig with one of his impressive catches

Craig with one of his impressive catches


A keen fisherman whose writing about his hobby was sparked by the death of a friend is celebrating after a book he contributed to sold more than 1,000 copies.

Craig Lyons, 42, of Dartford, is a senior sales executive at civil engineering firm Rudridge in Gravesend.

As well as working there full-time he has pursued his passion for fishing over the years, being voted Carp Angler of the Year in 2006.

He has caught a number of fish weighing about 40lbs and previously caught a “common” in France, which tipped the scales at 72lbs.

The book is the third that Craig has written for or contributed to, and he is delighted with its success.

Craig explained: “I love carp fishing and always have, but my desire to write about it came much later on. I must admit, working full-time and writing a book was a challenge but when it’s about something you love it’s worth it.

“My latest project has been incredibly successful. I was fortunate enough to be selected to contribute to a specialist book named The Seventh British Carp Study Group Book.”

It was launched earlier this year and has sold more than 1,000 copies so far.

Added Craig: “What triggered my writing, however, was something far closer to my heart. Two years ago a close friend of mine through fishing, Steve Edwards, sadly died of cancer.

“Steve touched many people’s lives and so in his memory I decided to compile a book named It’s a Long Old Road. The proceeds from this book, which was all about Steve as a friend and the various hilarious incidents that happened in his life, went to Macmillan Cancer Support.

“After this came my own book, Carp Addiction. This book talks about my passion and experiences of the sport. In the three weeks after publishing it was sold out, a total of 450 hardback books, not bad for a part-time novice writer.”

Craig’s colleagues at Rudridge, a civil engineering groundwork material specialist with branches in Gravesend, Farnham, Horsham and Brentford, are very proud of him.

Darren Price, business development manager, said: “We are all fascinated by Craig’s talents and passion for carp fishing and particularly would like to congratulate him on his successful writing for the sport.

“At Rudridge, we actively encourage our staff to take on hobbies and passions, as we believe a work-life balance is incredibly important.

“It has been proven that happy and healthy employees mean a happy and healthy business.”

Carp Addiction is now in paperback. To buy a copy visit

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