There are at least three books associated with Mr. Hartley:
-Fly Fishing, Memories of Angling Days
-J.R. Hartley Casts Again-More Memories of Angling Days
-Golfing by J. Hartley
Here's the thing: there is no J.R. Hartley. He was a fictional character in this 1983 commercial, portrayed by actor Norman Lumsden. The books were written in the 1990's under the name J.R. Hartley by author Michael Russell. Those Brits with their corky sense of humor would have us going on believing it all - if we even made the connection between the old TV ad & the books!!! I think it's hilarious.
Now, I have to start calling around to local book shops asking if they happen to have a copy of "Fly Fishing" by J.R. Hartley....um, or is it Michael Russell? No, It's J.R. Hartley...