'Badsey Boy' Brian is back with his latest book - The Evesham Observer

'Badsey Boy' Brian is back with his latest book

Evesham Editorial 23rd Aug, 2023 Updated: 29th Aug, 2023   0

‘BADSEY Boy’ Brian Bennett has released his latest self-published book ‘A Lifetime Match Fishing’.

It is a marvellous milestone for the author – being his 10th book. Among his collection are five children’s books and five others – all of which are in a different genre.

Brian said: “Match Fishing is a drug that, once sampled, will stay with you for a lifetime. Once you’ve had your first dose of competing, you can’t live without it.

“The next match consumes your every waking moment. You get to the point in life where you need your fix and want it more and more.

“As in every sport there are super stars and these angling maestros have memories, some good, some bad and some outright funny.

“This lovely book contains stories from some of the country’s, not only much loved, but well-known anglers. Each personal account found in these pages has been written in their own hand.”

His book began when good friend Leigh Morris suggested he wrote about his ten most memorable match wins and he was then asked to write a book on hemp fishing at Evesham.

“How did I learn about watercraft? And so on. From those few humble suggestions this book has taken on a most gratifying life of it’s own.

“I’ve added some thoughts of my own and in doing so I hope I’ve answered some of the very interesting questions I’ve been asked.

“I had the bright idea one day of asking a few close friends to contribute with their own match fishing memories.

“Now, well over a dozen of the biggest names in our wonderful sport have all shared their own angling recollections in this most entertaining of books.”

Click here for more on ‘A Lifetime Match Fishing’ and to buy – it is priced at £30.

Brian is also available for talks on his books – contact him through his website.

Some more about Brian

Brian was forced to retire from the sport he loved – Fishing – when he lost the feeling in his hands.

The condition was caused by 25 years of constant dialysis (four sessions of four hours every week) and he also had an hour-long drive back and forth to the hospital.

Life has not been easy for Brian, especially after two failed kidney transplants – both years ago, but the optimist says they are now ‘a distant memory’ and that things could have been a lot worse.

“Some of my friends say that I have had a crap life, but to be honest I would not have changed a thing, what with my beautiful wife of 42 very happy years, two wonderful children, both of which I am extremely proud, two grandchildren (Clementine and Beatrice) who are my life, and in a way saved my life.

“After 30 years of charity work, in which I not only raised a lot of money for such charities as, St Richards Hospice, KPA, Air Ambulance and many local charities. I was a singer, stand-up comedian, charity drag artist performing such artists as Tina Turna, Dolly Parton, Barbara. Streisand, Shirley Bassey and Freddy Mercury and more, but my personal favourite has to be Marylyn Munroe complete with the dress and the fans, brilliant!

“I had a lot of fun along the way, especially when I would get dressed up in top hat and tails, take hold of my cane and visit the old-people’s homes, to do 40s nights, singing the old songs, watching the residents linking arms and singing along, what’s not to like.”

Brian Bennett’s books

The first book he wrote was ‘A Walk with Grandad’ which he said he was created at a very dark time in his life.

“After many years on dialysis and my first failed transplant, I was in a place where I had given up on life, and after a very difficult conversation with my family, I had decided to stop going to dialysis, there fore ending my life, but before I reached that stage I wanted to leave something behind for the grandchildren that I would never see, so I wrote the above mentioned book.

“The whole process took a couple of years, I finally had 40 copies printed for family and friends.”

Brian wrote four further children’s storybooks – The Naughty Gnome (books 1 and 2) and ‘Philomena and the Sleeping Princess’ and ‘Philomena and the Stolen Kiss’.

His first novel ‘Thumbprint in the Dome’ is a sci-fi offering about an officer of the Metropolitan fraud squad who ends up in a futuristic village inside a giant dome.

Next up for Brian was ‘The Ghosts of Level Nine’ which is billed as ‘a book of death and retribution, fast pace with plenty of twists and turns and full of ghosts from the beginning all the way to the end’. The book received five-star reviews on Goodreads.

Brian’s third novel ‘Zolem’ centres on a large silver backed male wolf, known as Zolem, as tall as a pony, was terrorising the locals, devouring livestock and villagers alike. Hunters tried to kill the wolf without success and then it is down to Igor who is visited by his dead father with a plan to finally finish off the beast.

Brian then set about his ‘Badsey Boy’ biography, detailing tales from his childhood growing up in the small Worcestershire village at a time when beer was 8p-a-pint, cigarettes were 25p for 20, petrol was 33p per gallon (around 8p-a-litre) and a new car could be yours for £2.500.

Now he is back with ‘A Lifetime Match Fishing’.

Visit https://brianbennettbooks.com/tell-my-story/ for his story and more on his books.

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