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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848871325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848871328
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Jennings is a London-based author and journalist who has written for The Observer, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Time. He is the author of BLOOD KNOTS, short-listed for the Samuel Johnson and William Hill prizes, and the Booker Prize-nominated ATLANTIC.

With his daughter Laura, he wrote the teenage stage-school novels STARS and STARS: STEALING THE SHOW. His latest publications are the Kindle Singles CODENAME VILLANELLE, VILLANELLE: HOLLOWPOINT and VILLANELLE: SHANGHAI, the first three titles in the popular thriller series about an elite female assassin. More Villanelle titles are to follow.

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'A beautifully-crafted story... I was transfixed... completely absorbed by Jenning's stilled, naturalist's eye as he waited by dark canals and chuckling chalk streams for that flash of beauty, while on that other plane, above the water, the ugly chaos of life waited to resume its infernal narrative.' -- Nicholas Crane

'An exceptional book. More than simply a memoir of angling, it is in fact a book about history and war, about affection and loss, memory and place. Written in precise, beautiful language... it is in the finest traditions of both nature and memoir writing - in short, it is a classic - a book that will be read for a long time, and treasured.' -- Esther Woolfson

'A strange, original, haunting book, I will never pass a stream or a canal without remembering it.'
--Lynn Barber

About the Author

Luke Jennings is the author of three novels, including the Booker Prize-longlisted Atlantic. As a journalist he has written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Time, as well as all the British quality papers, and he is currently the dance critic of the Observer. He is married with three children, lives in North London, and fishes whenever he can.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George Dixon on 22 May 2010
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My wife suggested to me that I read this book as she had heard it on Radio 4's book of the week.I have not fished since my teenage years but she thought that it would appeal to me as it was about the countryside and growing up in the 50's and 60's as I had.What a wonderfully evocative book.I was sent reeling back to my childhood and happy halycon days in the meadows near my home.I can quite honestly say that I have never enjoyed a book as much as this one.The Robert Nairac interest is fascinating and keeps cropping up during the book and keeps you transfixed to every page.I suggest that every male of a certain age reads this to put some perspective into life.A truly worthwhile read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BracketsMissus on 2 Aug. 2010
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As a town-bred female with a severely limited interest in fishing or falconry I wasn't exactly target market for Blood Knots but I devoured this beautifully written book in two sittings. I was constantly beguiled by Jennings's love affair with the English countryside, gripped by the psychodrama at play between the fisherman and his quarry and moved by this tender and persuasive exploration of relationships between boys and their fathers, friends and teachers. Anyone bewildered (or infuriated) by the male ability to collect, collate and obsess will learn not just to understand how a grown man can be so passionate about his hobbies but even to share a little of that passion. You see England's fisherman from a train window, draped in waterproofs, flanked by Thermos flasks and assume their minds are a blank. Jennings teaches you otherwise.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin UK on 11 May 2010
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One to set beside Applin's Philandering Angler. Any fisher who grew up in the 50's & 60's will realate to the backdrop of the fishing tales - the war, kids freedom's etc. However this story has a haunting twist that affected me deeply. Athread throughout the book is the spector of Robert Nairac. We leap from the delights and tranqulity of fishing, to the brutal ending of Nairac, a man as English as the sole of this book. A must read
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By March Hare on 29 July 2010
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This book is so enjoyable that I read it in just three days - unusual for me as I count myself as a slow reader. It was particularly poignant to me because I grew up from child to adolescent to adult through the 1960's and recognised so many things described and remembered by the author who is just a few years younger than me. It isn't a shallow book and encompasses joy, frustration, sadness and tragedy and could be read and enjoyed by most people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Muffin on 13 Feb. 2011
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Not a fisherman but this book is captivating. Heard the ref to 15-19th Kings Royal Hussars which was my fathers regiment so got it for that. Here is so much more, the description of the simple art of waiting and watching for the fish, enjoyment of the countryside are all spell binding. The twists of the various elements seem to reflect the flowing streams the author obviously loves.
At least I have an insight into what those chaps are doing along the bank and much more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom in Devon on 28 July 2010
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Based on a Spectator review I bought Blood Knots for two friends.Their wives told me that they had not seen such enthusiastic reading for years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By specs on 5 Jun. 2011
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A wonderful book - a cross between Richard Jeffries and Henry Williamson. I gave a copy also to my brother, a keen fly fisherman who thought it the best fishing book he had ever read. I would like to read more of this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Ibison on 28 Jan. 2011
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If you are of a certain age, the references will spark up a whole host of memories, if not then it will be educational on how life was. The book helps with difficult conversations with bonding, and all those other awkward issues in life.
A good read for all, even if you don't fish,when you begin you wonder why you never started to fish.
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