Dame Juliana Berners, a fifteenth-century nun, was England’s first bestselling author. For two hundred years, her works remained atop England’s best sellers list. She wrote books on fishing, hunting, and hawking, and her most memorable book is The Treatise of Fishing with an Angle. It was not only the first book ever written in any language about sport fishing, but also the first book ever written about fly-fishing. Dame Juliana was England’s first published woman author, and entered legend as the nun who taught field sports to generations of English sportsmen.
“In time, her name fell into oblivion,” says John Gubbins. “The Profound River is the first book ever to tell the story of her life.”