When I heard Peter was publishing a guide to the 'easier' rivers of Southern France I was quite intrigued. As a kayaker who has paddled in Nepal and across Europe I was already familiar with Whitewater Nepal and the two Whitewater Europe guides to the Alps, all of which are excellent. I got a copy of Whitewater Massif Central hot off the press and with my wife and 3 year old daughter we headed south to an area we were not over familiar with.
The guide itself, as with others in the Whitewater series, is inspirational with anecdotes and sketches scattered here and there to whet your appetite, you can't help but being enthused by the time you get off the ferry.
The usual guide book preamble is actually worth reading with good advice on canoe hire and safety. The guide then describes in great detail ten rivers in the Massif central region, breaking each into several sections all with their own map and river description. The attention to detail in the river descriptions is very reassuring especially when paddling with little ones and for all of the rivers we paddled (Tarn, Allier, Ardeche and the Lot) we found the guide to be wholly accurate not only in the technical description but also in what to expect of the scenery.
The guide was not just a guide to the rivers, we also followed advice on the nicer towns or villages to stay in, preferable campsites and restaurants and most useful of all details of hire companies as we did not take our own canoe. For us the book was well thumbed by the end of our 3 week trip and had made the whole experience very slick.
The only couple of things I would reiterate (and these are mentioned in the guide) is that some hire companies do not operate fully until high season and will usually have restrictions as to the minimum age of children they allow.
All in all another winner.