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The Old Man and the Sand Eel

The Old Man and the Sand Eel

'A wonderfully fluent account of how the strange magic of water and the beings that inhabit it can enchant and intoxicate' Chris Yates Growing up on the Cambridgeshire Fens, Will Millard never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank, whiling away... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780241977705
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Published 19 March 2019 by Penguin
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Author(s) By Millard, Will
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ISBN-13 9780241977705
ISBN-10 0241977703
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 19 March 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Millard, Will
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
History of Other Lands
Local History
Family & Other Relationships: General
Fishing, Angling
Active Outdoor Pursuits
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 234g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fishing
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 799.12092
Catalogue Code 965569

Description of this Book

'A wonderfully fluent account of how the strange magic of water and the beings that inhabit it can enchant and intoxicate' Chris Yates Growing up on the Cambridgeshire Fens, Will Millard never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank, whiling away the day catching fish. As he grew older his competitive urge to catch more and bigger fish led him away from that natural connection between him, his grandfather and the rivers of his home. That is, until the fateful day he let a record-breaking sand eel slip through his fingers and he knew that he had lost the magic of those days down by the river, and that something had to change. The Old Man and the Sand Eel is at its heart the story of three generations of men trying to figure out what it is to be a man, a father and a fisherman. It plots Will's scaly stepping stones back to his childhood innocence, when anything was possible and the wild was everywhere. *** Delightful and informative (...) beautifully drawn' The Spectator '[Will Millard] is a master wordsmith and his first book is a joyful testament to that' Isabelle Broom, Heat '[Will Millard] writes with a genuine sense of humility (...) humour and reflection' Kevin Parr, Countryfile 'The writing is sharp and clever (...) I loved all of it and would as happily read it again as I would sit beside the river waiting for the evening rise of trout to begin' Tom Fort, Literary Review 'This is post-modern nature writing that embraces beauty where it finds it and marvels at nature's tenacity (...) But there's more here than just fish. This is also a book about growing up, about how to retain a connection with those who raised you while forging your own identity - what to keep and what to discard. And it's about men. The strong surges of emotion that both draw them together and keep them apart, and the shared pastimes which recognise that intimacy and meaning aren't always accompanied by words' Olivia Edward, Geographical

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A wonderfully fluent account of how the strange magic of water and the beings that inhabit it can enchant and intoxicate -- Chris Yates [Will Millard] is a master wordsmith and his first book is a joyful testament to that -- Isabelle Broom * Heat * The writing is sharp and clever (...) I loved all of it and would as happily read it again as I would sit beside the river waiting for the evening rise of trout to begin -- Tom Fort * Literary Review * [Will Millard] writes with a genuine sense of humility (...) humour and reflection -- Kevin Parr * Countryfile * This is post-modern nature writing that embraces beauty where it finds it and marvels at nature's tenacity (...) But there's more here than just fish. This is also a book about growing up, about how to retain a connection with those who raised you while forging your own identity - what to keep and what to discard. And it's about men. The strong surges of emotion that both draw them together and keep them apart, and the shared pastimes which recognise that intimacy and meaning aren't always accompanied by words' -- Olivia Edward * Geographical * Delightful and informative (...) beautifully drawn (...)The Old Man and The Sand Eel will be enjoyed by anyone who loves the challenge and mystery of baiting a hook and plopping it into the water -- Nicholas Shakespeare * The Spectator *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Will Millard grew up on the Cambridgeshire Fens, reading John Wilson's Fishing Encyclopaedia and fishing with his grandfather. Since then he has become a British writer, explorer and BBC presenter. Will spent his twenties criss-crossing the forests and remotest West Papua in search of ancient tribal trade routes, before his solo descent of a West African river, which became an acclaimed series for BBC Radio 4. In 2015 he lived alongside Aboriginal whale harpooners and subsistence-hunting sea-nomads as part of his maiden television series 'Hunters of the South Seas' for BBC 2. He regularly writes for Geographical, Outdoor Fitness, the Daily Telegraph and Vice magazine. When at home, Will continues to fish, seeking out the forgotten wild waterways around Britain. The Old Man and the Sand Eel is his first book.

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