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a darned good read,
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This review is from: Circle Line: Around London in a Small Boat (Paperback)
Steffan Meyric Hughes sure can write a good travel documentary - mind, he should being a world class traditional boat journalist. I've read his stuff in the glossy magazine 'Classic Boat' where he's been working for several years. But, behind that, there is obviously a much more in-depth mind than the normal run-of-the-mill journalist. Now, anyone would have thought that a quick seven day (I think it was seven days but to be truthful that seems irrelevant now)jaunt rowing, sailing, motoring, even punting, around London in a small boat would provoke a pretty boring account of high-rise buildings, bridges, floating scum and God knows what else. But this book is different to many of the other yachtie books around. It's as much a catalogue of many aspects of his past than a straight account of a voyage, there's much philosophising on the world and, at the same time, the unearthing of many secrets of the metropolis that I as a coastal fishy fella, never name all the residents of the fine city, didn't know. It's encyclopaedic from that point of view whilst, at the same time, retains the charm of slowly travelling along canals (which I love too) and there's several weird and wonderful characters to meet along the road - sorry waterway! Oh, thanks to Nick and Matt for loan of the boat too....!!