a book nearly two years in the making...

The stories of a village underwater

In November 2019 the small Yorkshire village of Fishlake gained national notoriety as the River Don, swollen by unprecedented rainfall, overtopped and flooded a huge swathe of land including over 170 homes and businesses.

As a way of thanking the people and agencies who helped them, as well as raising funds for communities worst affected, the people of Fishlake decided to document their experiences in the form of a book.

Created entirely by residents of varying ages and professions, with little or no experience or knowledge of producing a work of this magnitude, it is a measure of the resilience and tenacity of Fishlake folk that it was produced at all.

The book was created at the same time as those working on it navigated their way through the maze of insurance claims and juggled the often extensive repair work to their homes and business, as well as dealing with the impact of the first global pandemic in more than a century.

With over 85 stories and articles presented alongside 350 photos this book tells the full story of the flood: the personal experiences of the residents and businesses affected, the reasons for the flooding, the contributions of those who came to their aid and the royal and political figures who visited.

It is a truly fascinating exploration of what is an increasingly common symptom of climate change: FLOODING

Standing at over 350mm (13.75″) tall this oversized 200 page professionally produced hardback book represents outstanding quality and value, with all profits going to communities worst affected by flooding.

£30 plus delivery

Residents of Fishlake and those who helped the village at the time of flooding who wish to purchase copies of the book, please email us to receive your unique discount coupon code.

After living through this flood, it is great to read how people overcame and helped each other in this cleverly constructed book. It shows the whole experience from the night it happened to the months of clean up and repairs. I believe it also shows how much we appreciate the help given to us in both the short and long term.
Elizabeth Smith, resident
The book is absolutely fantastic, very professional in its design and binding etc, it’s certainly cheaper than a comparable book of the size and content; the photography is really breathtaking – and a stark reminder of how bad things were.
Scott Chesney, resident
A lovely historical record of the flood. Very informative and interesting. Beautiful quality book. Congratulations and thank you to all those who gave up their free time to produce it.

Lottie Deeney, resident

After living through this flood, it is great to read how people overcame and helped each other in this cleverly constructed book. It shows the whole experience from the night it happened to the months of clean up and repairs. I believe it also shows how much we appreciate the help given to us in both the short and long term.
Elizabeth Smith, resident
The book is absolutely fantastic, very professional in its design and binding etc, it’s certainly cheaper than a comparable book of the size and content; the photography is really breathtaking – and a stark reminder of how bad things were.
Scott Chesney, resident
A lovely historical record of the flood. Very informative and interesting. Beautiful quality book. Congratulations and thank you to all those who gave up their free time to produce it.

Lottie Deeney, resident

Created with the contributions of nearly 200 people,
the hardback book’s 200 full colour pages contain:

• Over 350 high quality photos, illustrations and diagrams
• An introduction to Fishlake and a little of its history
• The build-up to the flood
• The personal experiences of those affected
• The reasons why Fishlake flooded
• The stories of those both locally and nationally that helped
• The effect on the local businesses
• The political and royal visitors
• The aftermath and insurance issues
and finally…
• The more humorous experiences witnessed during the disaster

Learn about the origins of the book by listening to our podcast on YouTube

Members of the Flood Book Managing Team along with local dignitaries at the book launch event in Fishlake, September 2019

Members of the Flood Book Managing Team along with local dignitaries at the book launch event in Fishlake, September 2019