That Strange Alchemy: Pheasants, Trout and a Middle-Aged Man

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""I need to start thinking like a shooter, for shooters and fishers, even though they are often the same person, think very differently." So writes author Laurence Catlow as his fishing season on the lonely northern rivers comes to an end, and he prepares for his next shooting season on his own small shoot on the edge of the Pennines. Many sportsmen enjoy both shooting and fishing, and in That Strange Alchemy, Catlow examines * fishing and shooting memories and why they differ * why both sports are so important to him * the loss of his shooting dog and the undertaking of a new one * best fishing days and how these differ from best shooting days * the anxieties of running a guest shooting day * fishing in middle age compared to in youth Catlow writes with great wit, modesty and insight."

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A celebration of all that is wonderful about our treasured sporting pastimes, and a perfect gift for the shooting man or woman in your life. If you need a book to warm the soul this winter, then look no further than Laurence Catlow s latest. --Shooting Gazette, December 2008

Readers of a similar age may nod their heads in agreement when Catlow reflects upon life. Anyone who shoots will understand his anxiety when hosting a guest day; anyone who fishes will revel in his accounts of catching trout amid great hatches of blue-winged olives. --Trout & Salmon, December 2008

His ability to recall with warmth the events down to the last detail and to describe then, and his sporting ethos, in such an absorbing way mark him out as one of the finest sporting writers alive. This is vintage Catlow. --Shooting Times, September 2008

It is his capacity for thought and his unmatched skill in conveying these thoughts he is Head of Classics at Sedbergh School and his use of English is an art form that sees Catlow at his best, on everything from fishing flies to dogs good and bad, the moods of rivers, pheasant rearing, and his shooting and fishing days. Buying That Strange Alchemy (and his other work) is simply an un-missable opportunity to obtain the most eloquent, thought-provoking writing on shooting and fishing available today. --Irish Country Sports and Country Life

This is the stuff that will delight the author s many fans and convert many more. --Shooting and Conservation (BASC)

About the Author:

Laurence Catlow teaches classics at Sedbergh School in Cumbria. He also writes for various magazines, including Trout & Salmon and Shooting Times. He fishes on the Wharfe, the Eden, Driffield Beck and on the small upland brook that runs through his land. With equal enthusiasm, he also shoots pheasant and wildfowl, accompanied by friends and his gundogs. Other pleasures include food, wine, ornithology, religion and the sport of fives.

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