Illuminated By Water


Nature, Memory and the Delights of a Fishing Life

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Malachy Tallack has been passionate about fishing since he was young. Growing up in Shetland, with its myriad lochs, he and his brother would roam the island in search of trout, and in so doing they discovered an abiding passion and a sense of freedom and wonder.Why is it that catching a fish – or simply contemplating catching a fish – can be so thrilling, so captivating? Why is it that time spent beside water can be imprinted so sharply in the memory? Why is it that what seems such a simple act – that of casting a line and hoping – can feel so rich in mystery? Illuminated by Water is Malachy’s personal attempt to understand that freedom, and to trace the origins and sources of that sense of wonder.He shares the attraction of fishing, its intense joys and frustrations, the steadying effect it has both at water’s edge and in the memory, and the contemplation of nature and landscape that comes with being an angler. He writes about fishing expeditions, from English canals to Scottish lochs, to lakes in Vancouver Island and New Zealand – as well as reflecting on such things as the intricacies of tying flies, the cultural significance of angling and the emerging moral complexities of the sport. Beautifully written and hugely engaging, it’s a book that articulates the inexplicable lure of the river and the endless desire to return to it – illuminating a passion that has shaped the way so many of us see and think about the natural world.]]>