‘Blood Knots beautifully evokes the landscape and lore of a post-war rural childhood.’ Andrew Motion
As a child in the 1960s, Luke Jennings was fascinated by the rivers and lakes around his Sussex home. Within their depths he sensed strange and mysterious worlds. In Blood Knots, his beautiful and original memoir, Luke Jennings describes how his passion for fly fishing gradually took hold, with the help of books from the library and the encouragement of his two boyhood heroes – his father, who had been awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the war, in which he had been badly burnt, and Robert Nairac, a charismatic figure who first befriended him as a teacher at his public school. As one might expect from an author who is, among other things, the dance critic of the Observer and the author of the Killing Eve novels (which were adapted into the BAFTA-winning BBC TV series of the same name), these two themes of fishing and friendship are woven together to produce a book of unusual subtlety that’s about a great deal more than fishing. Blood Knots is an enchanting read.
‘It is a story of the sudden choices men face . . . Hours of wit, beauty and reflection.’ Observer
‘A book of personal reflection. Jennings’s memoir sparkles like a dark trout stream in sunlight.’ The Times
‘An exquisitely written memoir . . . springing from a tradition of memoir writing deeply rooted in the natural world.’ Daily Telegraph