A NEW book celebrating the amazing angler that was Ivan Marks has been published – a year after the fishing world mourned the Leicester match legend’s passing.

‘The Complete Angler’ is 1974 National Champion and former England International Percy Anderson’s unique take on Ivan, who became one of his closest friends during their match fishing heyday and remained so until his death.

Priced £5 and packed with stories, anecdotes, facts, figures plus reams of photographs – some previously unpublished – all proceeds will go to Papworth Hospital where Ivan received a life-saving heart transplant in 1993.

“This started out as a two-page tribute that I presented to Ivan’s wife, Linda, at his funeral last year. But I wanted to do something more, something longer lasting, for the anglers who know and loved Ivan and for future generations. Others had already set up memorial matches so I chose a book,” said Anderson, 75.

“It was very difficult to write about the great little man of angling. To do so comprehensively would have taken far too long. But I’m happy with what we’ve produced and I hope people buy it, enjoy it, and know they are supporting a good cause too.”

The Complete Angler is available now through tackle shops serviced by Van den Eynde’s Eastern England agent Mick Dant. Contact Waterside Angling Supplies on 01223 882244. Enquiries from other outlets or the public are welcomed.