The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes


The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes | 9781526644213 | Mark Wormald

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:11/05/2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


‘An absolute gem … I was delightfully lost by the river throughout’ – Paul Whitehouse

‘Marvellous…The Catch leaves both its writer and its reader wonderfully “lost in water”‘ – Robert Macfarlane

‘Penetrating and poetic, filled with honeyed prose and thoughtful criticism’ – The Times

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’s way of breathing – and because the poet’s writing has made Mark understand that it has always been his way of breathing, too.

Using Hughes’s poetry collection River and his fishing diaries as a guide, Mark returns again and again to the rivers and lakes in Britain and Ireland where the poet fished. At times, he uses Ted’s fly patterns; at others 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 Mark 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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