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.