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, conservationist and river restorationist.
My most recent book Silver Shoals is about the natural and unnatural histories of five species of fish that have shaped British history. Before that Silt Road was a story of the English landscape told through the history of a lost suburban river. 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.
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 river conservation with a particular interest in the history, restoration and preservation of chalk-streams. I’m honoured to be a vice-president of the Wild Trout Trust and an Ambassador for the Angling Trust, and the brilliant Wye and Usk Foundation.
I’m currently running a catchment-scale restoration programme on the River Nar in Norfolk which you can read about HERE.
You can email me by using my full surname without the hyphen followed by the at symbol, followed by me followed by dot com