Illuminated by Water

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Growing up in Shetland with its myriad lochs and burns, Malachy Tallack and his brother would roam the island in search of trout, and in doing so discovered a sense of freedom, of wonder - and an abiding passion.

But why is it that fishing - or the mere contemplation of catching a fish - can be so thrilling and so captivating? Why is it that time spent beside water can be imprinted so sharply in memory? Why is it that what seems a simple act - of casting a line, waiting and hoping - can leave so much room for mystery?

Bringing together memoir, nature writing and reflections on culture and history, Malachy Tallack explores why angling means so much to so many.

Malachy Tallack


262 pages