Narrowboat Dreams

Narrowboat Dreams : A Journey North by England's Waterways

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At home, I'm a cantankerous old git. On the boat, after a week's cruising, I'm just a cantankerous old git with dirty hair. Steve Haywood has a problem. He doesn't know where he comes from. In the south, people think he's a northerner; in the north, they think he's from the south. Judged against global warming and the sad demise of Celebrity Big Brother, this hardly registers highly on the Richter scale of world disasters. But it's enough to worry Steve. And it's enough of an excuse for him to escape the routine of his life in London for a voyage of discovery along England's inland waterways. Travelling by traditional narrowboat, he heads north from Banbury in deepest Oxfordshire, through the former industrial wastelands of the now vibrantly modern Manchester, to the trendy affluence of Hebden Bridge at the centre of West Yorkshire's ciabatta belt. With irrepressible humour he describes the history of the canals, his encounters with characters along the way, and the magic that makes England's waterways so more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • Summersdale Publishers
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 1840246707
  • 9781840246704
  • 326,140

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"'a very enjoyable book to read - light-hearted, interesting and informative' David Suchet 'fascinating intertwined stories' Waterways World magazine"show more

About Steve Haywood

Steve Haywood is a TV producer based in London and author of Fruit Flies Like a Banana: England by Canal and Classic Car. He gives regular talks across the country to canal boat enthusiasts and at events such as the National Waterways Festival which attracts 30-40,000 people and the Inland Waterways Association National Rally. He writes a provocative, lively column for Canal more

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