David Profumo

Wobbegong Days

Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks


Duckworth Overlook 295pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

Although I have been chasing them with rod and line since 1971, sharks have only once ever terrified me. I was wading a shallow lagoon alone in Christmas Island, off the settlement of Banana (‘population 666’ the sign ominously boasts), when I was surrounded by six prowling reef predators. Elephants kill more people each year than sharks do, but right then there were no elephants in sight. Short of performing the Indian rope trick up my fishing rod, there was nothing for it but to fend these critters off with blows from my water bottle until the launch arrived – mind you, I did manage to clock up my most recherché byline when later recounting my adventures in the Journal of the Kiribati and Tuvalu Philatelic Society.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • Whom did Picasso label a 'bristly pig'? Read Rosalind P Blakesley's review of The Collector by Natalya Semenova to… ,
    • Alexandra Gajda on Anna Beer's new biography, Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh ,
    • Mark Lawson reviews @jonathancoe's Middle England - The Rotters' Club for our Brexit age. ,
    • 'Behind every book that is published lies ... a haunted landscape, populated by the ghosts of things written and ex… ,
    • 'We once more live in a great age of dragon invention' Here's Tom Shippey on Martin Arnold's The Dragon ,
    • RT : Man at the q&a part of the book panel: Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't s… ,
    • Here's @epkaufm's Whiteshift, reviewed in this month's magazine by ,