Caught by the River: A Collection of Words on Water

Jeff Barrett (ed.), Robin Turner (ed.), Andrew Walsh (ed.)

Caught by the River: A Collection of Words on Water

From the Thames to the Telford, the Wear to the Wellsbourne; from canoe adventures to ice-skating, from angling to day-dreaming, "Caught by the River" is a new take on nature writing. Here, the writers all share one thing - a passion for the rivers of Britain and Ireland. Contributors include Gavin Pretor-Pinney who retraces a canoe trip his grandfather made 60 years ago, Roger Deakin writes about the history of ice skating in the fens, Jon Savage describes a trip down the Thames with the Sex Pistols, Irvine Welsh recounts the courtship rituals witnessed by the River Forth. Other writers in the anthology include Bill Drummond, Edywn Collins, John Niven, Jarvis Cocker, and Chris Yates. 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Caught by the River: A Collection of Words on Water

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Travel, Science & Nature, Essays, Journals & Letters
Format Hardback
Pages 400
RRP £17.99
Date of Publication June 2009
ISBN 978-1844036677
Publisher Cassell Illustrated
 

From the Thames to the Telford, the Wear to the Wellsbourne; from canoe adventures to ice-skating, from angling to day-dreaming, "Caught by the River" is a new take on nature writing. Here, the writers all share one thing - a passion for the rivers of Britain and Ireland. Contributors include Gavin Pretor-Pinney who retraces a canoe trip his grandfather made 60 years ago, Roger Deakin writes about the history of ice skating in the fens, Jon Savage describes a trip down the Thames with the Sex Pistols, Irvine Welsh recounts the courtship rituals witnessed by the River Forth. Other writers in the anthology include Bill Drummond, Edywn Collins, John Niven, Jarvis Cocker, and Chris Yates.

Read one of the stories from the collection on the Guardian's website

Reviews

The Independent

Lee Rourke

There is much to glean from this collection, especially in the writing that eschews sentimentality and delivers a psychogeographical odyssey. Sue Clifford and Angela King's "The Language of Rivers" is a treat, as are the ever-knowledgeable Bill Drummond, Peter Kirby and Jon Savage. The editors have shepherded a spirited and diverse collection of nature writing.

01/07/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Leo Mellor

Water, music and the shape of memories means this is a lawless and unpredictable book, like bubbles in a wake. But it is also – intellectually and physically – solid and built to last. It is the kind of hardback that will be returned to – to be read, to have mementoes stuck in it and pages folded down talismanically.

21/06/2009

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