Luke Jennings

Luke Jennings is a critic and author of five books, including the Booker-nominated Atlantic, and Blood Knots, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize and for the William Hill prize.


Blood Knots records Luke's time angling as a child, about great fish caught and lost, but it is also about friendship, honour and coming of age. When writing the book, Luke was interested in the way that memoir enables you to find a way into a story, and particularly in the way that moulding a memoir can help people to master the skills needed to write creatively.

As a journalist he has written for Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and Time, as well as all the British quality titles. He is currently the dance critic at the Observer, and co-wrote The Faber Guide to Ballet with Deborah Bull. He is married with three children, lives in North London, and fishes whenever he can.


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