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  • Published: 4 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448182107
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Silt Road

The Story of a Lost River




The story of an obsession: Charles Rangeley-Wilson goes on a quest to find a hidden river, uncovers our vanished wilderness and the history of an English landscape lost from view

At the foot of a chalk hill a stream rises in a silent copse, and is soon lost under the car parks and streets of the town its waters once gave life to. Captivated by the fate of this forgotten stream Charles Rangeley-Wilson sets out one winter’s day to uncover its story.

Distilled into the timeless passage of the river’s flow, buried under the pavements that cover meadow, marsh and hill he finds dreamers and visionaries, a chronicle of paradises lost or never found, men who shaped the land and its history.

  • Pub date: 4 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448182107
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Charles Rangeley-Wilson

Charles Rangeley-Wilson is an award-winning writer. He is a passionate conservationist, founder of the Wild Trout Trust and the Norfolk Rivers Trust and advisor to WWF on English chalk streams. He is the author of two books of travel and fishing writing, Somewhere Else and The Accidental Angler, which was also televised by the BBC, and Silt Road: The Story of a Lost River. His other work for the BBC includes the critically acclaimed film Fish! A Japanese Obsession. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and two children.

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Praise for Silt Road

“A rich dowsing-out of a lost river and its stories; a passionate pursuit of landscape ghosts.”

Robert MacFarlane

“A work of extraordinary power and resonance”

Melissa Harrison, Financial Times

“Passionate, persuasive and personal…it is an elegy to a fascinating world of which many of us have lost sight”

Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times

“Superb book… Its story is an acute example of the criminal disregard our nation has had for these remarkable rivers”

Mark Lloyd, BBC Countryfile

“Silt Road is that rare ting: a book that is able to marry exacting research with imaginative fluency, told in language as pliant and revealing as water”

Earthlines

“Sometimes fascinating, often very beautiful, occasionally shocking and sombre… Fans of Robert Macfarlane’s Wild Places will love it (5 star review)”

Phoebe Smith, Wanderlust

“Rangeley-Wilson’s historical excursions are fascinating”

Sinclair McKay, Daily Telegraph

“Captures lyrically the note of melancholy in the English landscape”

Peter Stanford, Tablet

“Through a slightly eclectic mix of historic record and rueful reflection, [Rangeley-Wilson] has crafted a book which joins the elite of angling books; it holds its own among great books, not just angling books”

Slough Express

“By turns learned and lyrical, this is a great swirl of a book – luminously well written, and as intriguing as a cabinet of curiosities.”

David Profumo

“Charles Rangeley-Wilson has a lyrical eye for country, the heron-like patience of the experienced waterman, and the flinty cussedness of the first-rate researcher. Silt Road is a captivating elegy for a lost river, and for the lives through which it flowed.”

Luke Jennings

“This remarkable account of a venerated and mistreated English chalk stream is a thousand-year-old detective story of rare beauty and brilliant insight, as though John McPhee had channelled Gilbert White.”

James R. Babb, Editor, Grays Sporting Journal

“The author's passion, underpinned by his deftness of touch, makes the book an utter joy to read”

John Aston, Trout and Salmon Magazine

“You will be moved and altered by what you read in this groundbreaking book”

John Andrews, Caught By The River

“The language in Silt Road is gorgeous. Throughout the book there are so many fine rhythms – truly musical, poetic beats and phrasing”

Henry Hughes, Professor of Literature, Oregon University

“Local history raised by water power to the status of allegorical memoir... In searching for the Wye, the author is also looking for something that is 'far more deeply interfused'”

John Greening, Country Life

“The author has a fine eye for the telling detail, and an even finer ear; the human noise which drowns out the gentler sounds of nature has seldom been anatomised better”

Alex Sarll, Western Daily Press

“This is an intimate exploration of the interaction between humans and landscape down the ages”

Country Walking

“A compelling read”

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