Andrew Douglas-Home and Malachy Tallack

Gone Fishing

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Sun 2 Oct
12:00 UK

Malachy Tallack’s memoir Illuminated by Water is inspired by his passion for fishing since he was a child in Shetland: over the years, he has fished on English canals, Scottish Lochs and as far away as Canada and New Zealand. Andrew Douglas-Home’s A River Runs Through Me traces the shift and moods of four seasons on the River Tweed, which he weaves around the story of his family. Together they discuss the joys, frustrations and consolations of life on the river bank and why angling is a metaphor for life.

About the authors

Andrew Douglas-Home has lived on the banks of the River Tweed for most of his life. He was awarded the OBE in 2019 for his services to fishing and Scottish culture, recognising his long work helping to secure the environment of the Tweed River and the legacy of Sir Walter Scott and the house he built, Abbotsford. 

Malachy Tallack is an award-winning author who made his name with his first book Sixty Degrees North, which saw him travel along the Sixtieth Parallel and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. His latest book, Illuminated by Water: Nature, Memory and the Delights of a Fishing Life is published by Doubleday. He lives in Stirlingshire.