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A well-written thoughtful read
on 26 November 2000
The book tells the story of how its author, a well-known political journalist, planned and made a voyage round Britain by canoe. I first came across this project in the planning stage, when David was seeking advice from the waterways internet group, and I (of course) put in my two penn'orth.
It was with considerable interest, therefore, that I bought the book on publication. It was not quite what I was expecting, but an excellent read despite that. The rivers and canals he travels are the setting, rather than the subject, of his book. They form the context for his thoughts about England, Englishness, his own Jewishness and how his family fits into the history of England.
Don't buy the book if you're looking for a canoeist's guide to the inland waterways. Do buy it for a good, thoughtful read. It's so well written that I had difficulty putting it down.