The Catch

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It is in the midst of a swirling river, casting a line, that Mark Wormald meets Ted Hughes. He stands where the poet stood, forty years ago, because fishing was Ted Hughes’ way of breathing – and because Ted’s writing has made Mark understand that it has always been his way of breathing, too. Using Ted Hughes’ collection of poems, ‘River’, and his fishing diaries as a guide, Mark returns again and again to the places where Ted Hughes fished. At times, he uses the fly patterns Ted recommended; at others, he uses his rods. It is an obsession; a fundamental connection to nature; a thrilling wildness; an elemental pursuit. But it is also a release and a consolation, as he fishes after the sudden death of his mother and during the slow fading of his father.

ISBN: 9781526644244 Author: Wormald, Mark Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Date: 28th April 2022 Imprint: Bloomsbury Cover: Hardback Dewey: 821.92 (edition:23) Pages: 304 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category:

It is in the midst of a swirling river, casting a line, that Mark Wormald meets Ted Hughes. He stands where the poet stood, forty years ago, because fishing was Ted Hughes’ way of breathing – and because Ted’s writing has made Mark understand that it has always been his way of breathing, too.Using Ted Hughes’ collection of poems, River, and his fishing diaries as a guide, Mark returns again and again to the places where Ted Hughes fished. At times, he uses the fly patterns Ted recommended; at others, he uses his rods. It is an obsession; a fundamental connection to nature; a thrilling wildness; an elemental pursuit. But it is also a release and a consolation, as he fishes after the sudden death of his mother and during the slow fading of his father. A brilliant blend of memoir and biography, The Catch is a stunning meditation on poetry and nature, and a quiet reflection on what it means to be a father and a son.

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