I was born in Africa, moved back to England when I was small, went to a Catholic boarding school in Sussex and did my degree at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.
I used to teach Art but nowadays I work as a writer, photographer and conservationist. I’m interested in rivers, the sea and all things fishy, natural and cultural history and landscape. And because all these things come together in rivers and also in the best waste of time ever invented – fly-fishing – I often write about rivers and fishing too. Oh, and I’m a bit of a petrol-head too and so I also write about cars: in Country Life magazine nowadays.
My most recent book Silt Road was a story of the English landscape told through the history of a lost suburban river and a few people whose lives it shaped. The two before that, Somewhere Else and The Accidental Angler were anthologies of fishing and travel stories, as much about place and people as fish and fishing. I’m working on others: a new book for Chatto & Windus about history and fish; a new book of fishing and travel stories.
My work has been published in various magazines and newspapers including Country Life, Countryfile, The Sunday Telegraph, The Field, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Trout and Salmon Magazine, The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian and The Independent.
I’ve done some work for TV and including writing and presenting the critically-acclaimed BBC4 film ‘Fish! – A Japanese Obsession’ about the cultural relationship between the Japanese, fish and fishing.
I am passionate about conservation with a particular interest in the history, restoration and preservation of chalk-streams. I’m an Associate Advisor to WWF UK. I’m a vice-president of the Wild Trout Trust and an Ambassador for the Angling Trust.
You can email me by using my full surname without the hyphen followed by the at symbol, followed by me followed by dot com