Book review: ‘The Fish Ladder’ by Katharine Norbury

A journey upstream.

The Fish Ladder

The Fish Ladder is a strangely compelling book. It starts very slowly. So slowly that you begin to wonder whether it's ever going to go anywhere. Then the pace picks up. It tells two main stories: adoptee Katharine Norbury's attempts to trace and make contact with her birth-mother and family; and her attempts to reach the sources of a number of rivers, sometimes accompanied by her young daughter. The symbolic metaphor of tracing a river to its source seemed obvious with hindsight, but it took me ages to spot it!

The Fish Ladder is an unusual book, and one which is difficult to categorise. I enjoyed it very much indeed.

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By Richard Carter

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