The Catch

The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Hardback Published on: 28/04/2022
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The Catch
Fishing For Ted Hughes
Wormald is in search of Ted Hughes through the poetry he writes about fishing. Wormald is a keen fisherman himself and the obsession he has to track down... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley

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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.

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.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526644244
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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