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Narrowboat Life : Discover Life Afloat on the Inland Waterways

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Full-time life on a narrowboat is a novelty for so many of us, and is endlessly fascinating. How do people downsize their lives and belongings into what looks like a large, crayon-coloured floating toy-box? Narrowboat Life answers all the questions we've wanted to ask about the ins and outs of liveaboard life on the inland waterways. The book is filled with beautiful, enthralling photography of the waterways themselves, the narrowboats that occupy them and, most importantly, every nook and cranny of their insides. Should you become seduced, the author gives solid hands-on advice about how to make a narrowboat your home. Accompanying these absorbing images, the playful and always informative text satisfies our curiosity to know, among other things: * How do you fit all of your stuff into such a restricted space? * How much does a narrowboat cost? * How do you hold down a job if you're always on the move? * Does s/he (the cat, dog, parrot) live on the boat as well? * Is it cold in the winter? Jim Batty has lived, worked and continuously cruised a 53-foot narrowboat with his partner and their cat for the past six years. The book answers a distillation of all the queries he has fielded on an almost daily basis since moving aboard - through towpath and lockside conversations with young couples, those close to retirement, single men and women of all ages, young families, tourists, as well as talking with a host of inquisitive (and initially uncomprehending) friends, relatives and colleagues. Everyone, it seems, wants to know exactly what the live aboard life is like: inside and out.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 250 x 250 x 18mm | 1,009g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Adlard Coles Nautical
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472927087
  • 9781472927088
  • 555,177

About Jim Batty

Jim Batty is a photographer, graphic designer and writer who has lived aboard a narrowboat as a continuous cruiser for over six years. He has written for Canal Boat magazine and LeCool's A Weird and Wonderful Guide to London, amongst other publications, and had his photography featured in numerous travel guides, magazines, books and newspapers.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1 What's it like... living on a narrowboat? Step aboard... A boat of two halves 2 How safe is it? 3 Is it cold in the winter? Step aboard... A recycled, repurposed narrowboat 4 How much did you pay for your narrowboat? 5 Why do women do all the work? Step aboard... A roving canal trader 6 Did you paint it yourself? 7 How green is living on a boat really? Step aboard... A well-read ark 8 Does he (the cat, dog, parrot) live on the boat? 9 Four canny questions... about continuously cruising How do you receive post? How do you see a doctor? How do you use the internet? How do you hold down a job?show more

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Jim Batty's extraordinarily handsome book addressing all of these questions - and some more - might just become your new best friend * Waterways World * A colourful and comprehensive guide to life on the waterways. Practical, pretty and accessible, it's charmingly designed while providing excellent advice. * BBC Countryfile Magazine * essential reading for anyone from professional narrowboaters to those musing a change of lifestyle * Countryside magazine * My verdict: A cracking Christmas present for anyone who may have mentioned an interest in life on the water. ...it is full of enticing images and pertinent information. Along with the positive and passionate tone of writing, it may just encourage those keen to find out a little more to take the next steps. * Towpath Talk * If you wish to learn about life afloat on an inland waterway, then Narrowboat Life by Jim Batty is just the ticket. * Evergreen * If you wish to learn about life afloat on an inland waterway, then Narrowboat Life by Jim Batty is just the ticket. * Evergreen *show more

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