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Summary

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.

©2020 Tom Fort (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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." (Financial Times)

"A fascinating, beautifully written and deeply peculiar book." (New Scientist)

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