At the foot of a chalk hill a stream rises in a silent copse, and is soon lost under the car parks and streets of the town its water gave life to. Captivated by the fate of this forgotten stream a writer sets out one winter’s day to uncover its story.
Distilled into the timeless passage of the river’s flow, buried under the pavements that cover meadow, marsh and hill, he finds dreamers and visionaries, a chronicle of paradise lost or never found and the men who shaped its land and history.
“Silt Road is that rare thing: a book that is able to marry exacting research with imaginative fluency, told in language as pliant and revealing as water.” Earthlines
“Sometimes fascinating, often very beautiful, occasionally shocking and sombre.” Wanderlust
“A thousand-year-old detective story of rare beauty and brilliant insight, as though John McPhee had channelled Gilbert White.” James Babb
“A rich dowsing of a lost river and its stories; a passionate pursuit of landscape ghosts.” Robert Macfarlane
“The author’s passion, underpinned by his deftness of touch, makes the book an utter joy to read.” Trout and Salmon Magazine
Somewhere Else & The Accidental Angler
Somewhere Else is a thousand miles away and right next door. It’s where fly fishing takes you: a place and a state of mind. It’s the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan where trout rise to bright insects amidst stands of bamboo; it’s London’s suburbs, where rivers feed municipal fountains; it’s a wind-torn phone-box in a field on the Lesotho border; it’s the Massif Centrale, where a cross-eyed Correzian’s shotgun might just be the end of the line.
Somewhere Else was shortlisted WHSmith Sports Book of the Year 2004.
“This book is a joy.” Country Life.
“A cracker. Somewhere Else may well be the fishing book of the year.” The Field.
“An intense round-the-world fly-fishing adventure which sucks you in from first page to last.” Scotland on Sunday.
In The Accidental Angler you’ll battle titanic monsters on a tropical atoll and make believe sharks on the mushy-peas-and-gravy wash. You’ll chase inscrutable grayling through back gardens in Provence, or phantom sea trout in suburban Southampton. In exotic and far flung places or just at the end of your road, fishing will get you up close to crabby weather and crabbier locals, moon-phases, rip-tides, floods, droughts and of course fantastic, slippery beasts.
The Accidental Angler was Classic Angling’s Best Travel Book 2007 and the Angling Writer’s Association Travel Book of the Year 2007. It was developed into a critically acclaimed series for BBC2.
“The Accidental Angler seems to prove that a tiddler of a book can be a pluperfect obsessive’s masterpiece.” The Oldie.
“Rangeley-Wilson captures the essence of time and place in ways that open your eyes to what you are missing. A real treat.” The Daily Telegraph.