A fishing trip honoring a dying man's wish becomes a meditation on life, nature and friendship, a literary biography and a celebration of the beauty of the Highlands of Scotland.
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'If you have a desire to luxuriate in the most beautiful use of the English language borne along by the love of one gifted poet for a recognized master of melancholy, then this is the book for you. It most certainly is the book for me' Billy Connelly. 'Moving and utterly memorable, a triumph' The Times. 'A ruminative, beautifully written book that is at once a biography of MacCaig, an account of a journey in North West Scotland and a captivating memoir of Greig's life as a poet, Himalayan climber and fisherman' Sunday Times. 'It is completely absorbing ... and the intense self-scrutiny is matched by landscape writing worthy of Robert Louis Stevenson himself' Guardian. 'This is nature writing of the first order ... a luminous hymn to life and love and our land' Scotland on Sunday.
Andrew Greig is the author of six acclaimed books of poetry, two Himalayan mountaineering expedition books, and five novels including That Summer, When They Lay Bare, In Another Light (Scottish Book of the Year) and Romanno Bridge. His last non-fiction book, Preferred Lies, is already seen as a contemporary classic. A full time writer, he lives in Orkney and Edinburgh, with his wife, the novelist Lesley Glaister.