A Suitcase Full of Eels

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David Cairncross


Published by Guillemot Press

Following centuries - millennia even - of philosophers, fishermen and scientists struggling to solve the mystery of the origins of the European eel, Anguilla anguilla, in 1862 David Cairncross believed he had uncovered the extraordinary truth. His conclusion was as bizarre as it is compelling.

The Origin of the Silver Eel is a tiny classic of nature writing, a joyful, exuberant and personable study in conviction and error. Here it is presented in a unique edition, brilliantly and fully illustrated by John Kilburn, with an introduction by Luke Thompson.

The Origin of the Silver Eel is available in the Eel Suitcase box set.