Laurence Catlow’s small shoot in Cumbria. His first book, Confessions of a Shooting Fishing Man, is now back in print.
Throughout 1995, Laurence's diary records his hopes of buying some precipitous shooting ground in the Pennines, his fishing days on the Eden, Wharfe and other rivers, the arrival of a second gundog and days spent together on shoots. All this activity is interspersed with Laurence's quest for his true motives in killing what he most loves. He looks at foxhunting, vegetarianism, man as a hunter, man as created in God's image and man as a creature doomed, himself, to die.
Nearly 25 years later, this diary remains highly topical, thought-provoking and original, yet its tone is also very human and it comes from the pen of a true nature-lover.
Below is a photo of Catlow's land in Cumbria where he raises pheasant poults and enjoys the local fishing.