Featuring full colour and black and white illustrations throughout, this fascinating read on the much-loved herring uncovers some of the little-known history of this tiny and popular fish. And for those who have neglected the silver darlings for fish such as cod and haddock, there are a number of mouth-watering recipes to try.The story of the herring is intertwined with commercial fishing. For over two millenia, herring has been commercially caught and its importace to the coastal peoples of Britain cannot be measured. At one point tens of thousands were involved in the catching, processing and sale of herring. They followed the shoals around the coast from Stornoway to Penzance and many towns on Britain's east coast grew rich on the backs of the 'silver darlings'.Mike Smylie looks at the effects of herring on the people who caught them, their boats and the communities who lived for the silver darlings.