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Freelance writer and book author

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Rob Beattie is a freelance writer, computer journalist and author of books about camping, fishing and boating. He's written 13 books on subjects as varied as Windows Vista and Office 2007, fishing, family camping, boating for beginners, traditional D-I-Y, home science, making movies and Ray Mears-style outdoors survival. He's also written thousands of articles for magazines and newspapers on Windows PCs and software, Apple Macs, the Internet, music, film and general entertainment.

Rob writes regularly for a number of magazines and websites - including Computeractive, Macworld, Web User and Bluffers' Guides - and is a regular contributor to Waterlog, the world's finest angling magazine.

You can see examples of Rob's work from the Samples page. Meantime, if you'd like to know more about anything he's written - or would like him to write something for you - drop him an e-mail or fill in the form on the Contacts page.

There's also a new angling book, published in June 2014. It's called The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing, £6.99. Similar in tone to Rob's previous angling books - 101 Golden Rules of Fishing and Fishing: A Very Peculiar History - this is a light-hearted look at the most popular participatory sport in the country. Part of the successful Bluffer's Guide series (over five million copies sold) the Bluffer's Guide to Fishing does all the hard work, so you don't have to. You'll learn how to bluff your way through conversations with anglers who are much more experienced than you (i.e. every other angler); and the book covers all aspects of coarse, game, sea and big game fishing. So when anglers reply to your contributions with words like ‘Hairy Mary’ or ‘jungle muddler’, ‘humongous’ or ‘booby’, you'll know that they are referring to flies you might use, rather than you and your appearance.
Buy the book

"Very entertaining...confirms our long-held suspicions that anglers are, and have always been, the ultimate bluffers."

- Jon Ward-Allen, Waterlog Magazine

"A reel crash course in becoming an instant angling expert."

Tim Knight, Angler's Mail

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