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The Longest Silence

A Life in Fishing

by Thomas McGuane

Category: Sport, Transport & Leisure / Sports & Outdoor Recreation
Publisher: Vintage
Publication date: 2 August 2001
Number of pages: 304

Thomas McGuane's obsession with fish has taken him from the river in his backyard to the holiest waters of the fly-fisher's world. As he travels the fish take him to many and various subjects ripe for random speculation: rods and reels, the classification of anglers according to the flies they prefer, family and memory - right down to why fishermen lie. The Longest Silence sets the heart pounding for a glimpse of moving water, and demonstrates what a life dedicated to sport reveals about life.

What the papers say:
"We'd all rather be fishing than doing anything else. But if you can't do it, then reading about it is the next best thing. The Longest Silence is one of the best fishing trips I've had this year" -- Jeremy Paxman Daily Telegraph "Few are the works of literature which can successfully capture the essence of a sport. With this soulful and reflective work, much-lauded American novelist, Thomas McGuane has surely created a modern classic" Scotland on Sunday "It's a meaty book and an uplifting one, dazzlingly well-written. Just as I'd be a proud angler if I could catch specimens half as big as his 25lb sea trout from the Rio Grande, so I'd be a proud man if I could write a book half as good as this" Financial Times "Writing to die for" Dailiy Mail

Author's Biography:
Thomas McGuane is the author of short fiction, screenplays, essays and several highly acclaimed novels, including The Sporting Club, The Bushwacked Piano and Ninety-two in the Shade, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was born in Michigan and now lives with his family in McLeod, Montana.

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