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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (10 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184753757X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847537577
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Granny Buttons on 22 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a record of ten years on a canal narrowboat. Trevor Pavitt's dream was having his boat 'Lady Elgar' built, fitting it out himself, and taking early retirement with his wife to become 'liveaboards' on the canals of England.

Hundreds had already 'lived the dream' before Trevor started in 1994, and thousands have done so since. Most of them seem to have done a lot more cruising than him, and much of his ten years afloat seems to have been spent in working on the boat on a fixed mooring near London, with only a few weeks a year actually cruising. I suspect what makes his dream so different is the quality of his log.

I think I was the first canal blogger in July or August 2003, and I immediately began evangelising about how blogs were a wonderful format for canal cruising logs.

He was only the third or fourth canalblogger, starting in March 2004, but immediately I was struck by his readable, succinct and informative cruising log posts.

The blog 'Lady Elgar Log' was only the last five months of his ten years afloat, but it inspired the whole book. Though the five months of blogging would have been barely enough to publish, he has dug into a decade of written logs to produce this record of what's involved in retiring to the waterways.

Others have covered this territory before (e.g. Iris Bryce, Anthony Lewis, Jeremy Scanlon) but I don't think anyone's written such a clear, spare account as Pavitt. It's not so much a travel book as an autobiography of ten years on the canals.

The weakness to 'Living The Dream' is the limited view we get of the countryside beyond the canals, the boat and his immediate family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Fitzgibbons on 25 Jan. 2010
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Trevor Pavitt has taken what could have been a dry rendition of information from his boating log. He then weaves a tale of his day to day experiences. From poignient family issues to fun with the family dog. The book also highlights interesting interactions with people both on and off the cut. I felt quite sorry that the book actually records the end of Trevor's life aboard "Lady Elgar" and its subsequent sale. A good read on a winters evening aboard a cosy narrow boat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 'Hannah' on 12 May 2011
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I'm in a boat syndicate and enjoy cruising the waterways for several weeks each year so I bought this book in high hopes of both learning something and being entertained, especially given the very positive feedback of three other readers. Sadly, it's a book best left unpublished. It is turgid, repetitive and boring. It is simply a log of where the author and his wife went, what part of the boat broke down and was repaired, and how his wife went shopping to the supermarket. There are a few 'joining the log together' anecdotes which are more interesting than the log entries, but as the log entries comprise some 95% of the book you have to search for anything worth reading. I gave up a third of the way through and chucked it in the bin. Don't waste your money! Buy a Steve Haywood book instead as his writing is very much superior (no, I'm not a relative or friend - I just enjoy a good read).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lapal25 on 16 Mar. 2011
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As someone who enjoys 'the cut' (canals) from time to time, I have found this a very interesting, entertaining read, especially as they travel through, or live in areas that you know a little. It is also informative. It's a good size book, so not over too quickly.
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