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Casting Shadows: Fish and Fishing in Britain (Hardback)Tom Fort (author)
Casting Shadows is a fascinating journey into the art of fishing in the UK, exploring the evolution of angling over centuries and the different species that live in our rivers and streams. Fort presents not only a comprehensive history of British fishing – spanning thousands of years – but also an urgent plea to protect underwater life from the strains imposed upon it by industrial fishing and farming.
Peer into the secret, silent world of the freshwater fish and explore evolution of the art and industry of fishing in Britain's rivers and streams.
From cunning Neolithic traps, intricate Roman nets and quarrellous Victorian societies to the evolution of angling and eventual gentrification of river access, this history spans thousands of years and ends with a poignant call to protect the underwater world from the horrors of industrial fishing and farming.
Meanwhile, another thread of the narrative weaves in the lives of the fishes themselves: the incredible struggles of the Atlantic salmon and secretive eel; the pike, a lean and camouflaged predator; the carp, huge and stately, begetter of obsessions; the exquisite spotted brown trout and its silver cousin, the grayling.
Lives built on and around fishing have largely faded from Britain, but fishermen and conservationists are working tirelessly to prevent the same fate befalling the fishes.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 33 mm
‘The world would be a poorer place without his eccentric passions, but maybe it is fortunate for the national GDP that there is only one of him, because he stubbornly chronicles what interests him, not what might make him richer.’ - The Sunday Times
Praise for Tom Fort:
'All the elements of a Hollywood blockbuster, and then some.' - The Guardian
'This is a captivating study...Tom Fort is incapable of writing a dull sentence.'
- The Financial Times
'A fascinating, beautifully written and deeply peculiar book.' - The New Scientist
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Very interesting historical perspective of fishing Surprised at how recently things have changed so much wrt coarse fishing in particular in some of the industrial towns. Easy to pick up & read any chapter.
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