Luke Jennings is the author of three novels, including the Booker Prize-nominated Atlantic. As a journalist he has written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Time, as well as all the British broadsheets, and is currently the dance critic of the Observer. He is married with three children, lives in North London, and fishes whenever he can.
Blood Knots (Atlantic Books)
As a child in the 1960s, Luke Jennings was fascinated by the rivers and lakes around his Sussex home. With library books as his guide, he applied himself to the task of learning to fish. So began an enlightening but often dark-shadowed journey of discovery. Blood Knots is about angling, but it is also about friendship, honour and coming of age. As an adult, Jennings has sought out lost and secretive waterways, probing waters ‘as deep as England’ at dead of night in search of giant pike. The quest, as always, is for more than the living quarry. For only by searching far beneath the surface, Jennings suggests in this most moving and thought-provoking of memoirs, can you connect with your own deep history.