The Swordfish and the Star, with Gavin Knight
The Penwith peninsula in Cornwall is where the land ends. In his book The Swordfish and the Star Gavin Knight takes readers right into this huddle of grey roofs at the edge of the sea. He catches the stories of a whole community, but especially those still working this last frontier: the Cornish fishermen.
“Knight recounts fascinating detail, but also shows a novelist’s skill in painting a vivid picture of real Cornwall and real Cornish people: Shane Meadows meets The Perfect Storm.” Esquire
“[Knight] is as adept with words as his hero Nutty Noah the Cadgwith ring-netter is with a shoal of pilchards … exhilarating.” Tom Fort, Literary Review
“A hugely refreshing dunk in the ocean ….for pushing at the boundaries of what non-fiction writing can achieve…and unearthing some fascinating social history to boot, Knight is to be applauded.” Roger Cox, Scotland on Sunday
“A marvellous and humane book about Cornwall” Paul Theroux
The Swordfish and the Star has just been reviewed in The Guardian by our very own Patrick Gale. Read review…