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Cast Catch Release

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529394320

Price: £20

ON SALE: 4th April 2024

Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure

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‘Marina’s writing is as exquisite as her casting.’ –

‘Unique and very enjoyable.’ – TRISTAN GOOLEY, author of How to Read a Tree

‘Meditative and revelatory’ DAILY MAIL

An inspiring true story about the healing power of water from one of the world’s best known female anglers

In her early twenties, drifting and directionless, Marina Gibson fled the city for the countryside, and picked up a fishing rod for the first time in years. She was returning to a childhood pursuit and a passion passed on by her mother.

Fishing overtook Marina’s life as she grew enraptured by the quiet magic of angling. Whiling away hours by a Highland river or a local chalk stream, with only the ritual of casting and the music of the water for company, Marina found an escape from a failing marriage and a connection to a tradition of female anglers stretching back generations.

Alongside the twists and turns of her own story, Marina traces the epic migratory journey of the Atlantic salmon and its fight for survival against the odds. Cast Catch Release is a love letter to the water, and what it means to find peace and purpose in the great outdoors.


'A very revealing book about life, salmon and angling. Marina's writing is as exquisite as her casting. I hate her.'
Paul Whitehouse
'A unique and very enjoyable story, filled with simple joys and more complex challenges.'
Tristan Gooley, author of How to Read a Tree
'An engaging, forthright and impressive debut - this highly personal memoir will appeal to anyone who loves what fishing can bring to life. As fluent and assured as one of the writer's Spey casts'
David Profumo, author of The Lightning Thread
'Gibson compares the harrowing natural history of the Atlantic salmon to her own restless, sometimes reckless life and illustrates that, although it really is possible to find serenity and purpose through fly-fishing, getting there can be a long, strange trip.'
John Gierach, author of Trout Bum
'Really beautiful and deeply honest. As beautifully drawn as a dry fly landing delicately onto a river's surface. Cast, Catch, Release is far more than the fishing stories of one of Britain's most iconic anglers - it's about love, loss, and above all, the enduring hope that we all must carry with us as people, whether we cast for a fish or not.'
Will Millard, broadcaster and author of The Old Man and the Sand Eel
'An engaging, endearing, deeply felt book. A moving portrait of the end of a marriage and an absorbing account of the Atlantic salmon, one of the world's great creatures.'
David Coggins, author of The Optimist
'A well-wrought story of love, self-love, and fly fishing. Marina Gibson's book illuminates the healing power of practicing something complicated while immersed, literally, in the natural world. A book for lovers of memoir and anyone who thrills to the catch.'
Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life