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Arthur Ransome on Fishing

Background to Arthur Ransome on Fishing

Ransome wrote over 200 articles for the Manchester Guardian’s angling column in the 1920s. He also wrote a number of other fishing essays and part of a draft of his unfinished novel, The River Comes First.

Jonathan Cape published Ransome’s own choice of 50 of the Guardian articles in Rod and Line (1927). In 1994 Cape created a second collection, Arthur Ransome on Fishing, ¬†alongside other examples of Arthur Ransome’s fishing writing. The editor, Jeremy Swift, also provided a long biographical essay about Ransome’s life.

The Flyfisher’s Classic Library published limited editions of both Arthur Ransome on Fishing and Mainly About Fishing (also with an introduction by Jeremy Swift) in 1994.


Arthur Ransome on Fishing contains 57 fishing essays, a chapter The World’s Whopper from The Big Six, and a previously unpublished fragment from The River Comes First (the bulk of which was published in Coots in the North, in 1988).

First publication

Published by Jonathan Cape in November, 1994.


  • Out of Print

Ransome's drawing of a cormorant eating a fish, our fishing literature logo, used for Arthur Ransome on Fishing

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