Here's a taster from the book I'm most proud of, because it helped to change people's thinking about this neglected and endangered fish.
So if you're wondering whether it's worth paying £35 for a book on crucians, this snippet may help you make up your mind.
Chapter One: Crucian trivia
Chapter Two: The Subtlest Carp by Chris Yates
Chapter Three: The Crucian Carp Conundrum by Hugh Miles
Chapter Four: The 18th and 19th centuries
Chapter Five: The 20th century
Chapter Six: Fishing in Small Ponds
Chapter Seven: The Victorian estate lakes; including winter night fishing by David and Bryan Matthews
Chapter Eight: Gravel and Sand Pits, by Mark Wintle, Alan Stagg and Martin Bowler
Chapter Nine: Marsh Farm by Peter Wheat
Chapter Ten: Swedish Shangri-la by William Wyatt, Stefan Burnert and Dr. Henrik Ragnarsson Stabo
Chapter Eleven: First steps: the crucian nursery
Chapter Twelve: Moving on: two kinds of fishery
Chapter Thirteen: Practical Management: how to go about it
Chapter Fourteen: Well, we can all dream...
Chapter Fifteen: Identification and variation
Chapter Sixteen: Alphabet soup: brown goldfish and crucian hybrids; "Prussian carp"
Chapter Seventeen: Native or introduced?
...and this is the end of the introduction, promising a lot of good things!
"So please read on if you want to know what makes a crucian carp different from a brown goldfish or a hybrid, or if you want to know what a Prussian carp is or was. If you're puzzled why crucians from different waters don't always look the same; or why stocking with crucian carp can be such a gamble - why they sometimes disappear for years or, at the other extreme, why they sometimes run riot and take over a pond - then read on. Come fishing with me and my guests and read some theories, if no certain answers, about those difficult bites: why a successful strike is sometimes impossible and at other times so easy; and why sometimes you can't buy a bite when the surface of the water fizzes with bubbles from feeding fish? If, oh sad reader, you want to find out how it is that a crucian doesn't need oxygen to survive and still wriggles when its head is cut off - then please read on."
"The crucian carp is an elusive fish in more ways than one, but well worth the effort of discovering - hence the title of this book."
Below are a few of the pictures from "Crock of Gold"