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The Bookshop That Floated Away by [Henshaw, Sarah]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Book Description

The story of an extraordinary bookshop... and everything its owner did to keep it afloat.

About the Author

Sarah Henshaw is the proud owner of the Book Barge, the UK's only canal-based bookshop, which is currently still in business somewhere on the water in rural Staffordshire, close to Stoke-on-Trent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSSS2AS
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
As fluid and clear as the water upon which it sales, the writing of this book is gently witty, touching and, quite literally, "sails" its readers into its world.

This is a book which reads like a modern fairy-tale, yet is never whimsical or clichéd. It is not just a recount of a bookshop but a book that challenges us all to consider our dreams and to wonder what would happen if we followed them. Set against a backdrop of waterways, the book allows us to see rural England from the viewpoint of its waterways: we see the reality of following dreams and also, first-hand, the problems and the issues these present.

This is truly a lovely book and is warmly recommended.
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This is the amusingly written story of how a creative lover of literature ditched her soulless life as an entertainment journalist in the big smoke when the credit crunch demanded that entrepreneurs step forward. Unfortunately, it transpired that being creative and loving literature doesn't necessarily sell books.
On the other hand, it transpires that being creative and loving literature does help to write books so you'd be wise to spend less than a tenner reading her story. Even better - try and find her barge (which could, of course, be anywhere from Barton to London to Paris to the Black Sea) and grab yourself a signed copy.
Good value, amusing and easy read; and, in these times of economic doom and gloom, an uplifting story of true British spirit in the face of adversity.
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On my travels, I encountered Sarah and The Books Barge. I was one of those customers who did not find something to purchase in her stock. I heard Sarah on BBC Radio 4 and applaud what she is doing. We need more bookshops - and the great thought of cycling into Hay-on-Wye with a butcher's basketful or taking a barge to riverside festivals and downtown jamborees fills me with joy. So I bought this book....
I wanted to much more than like it than I did but found myself reading a towpath-pace rather than as a dramatic page-turner. It tells a good story but in a way that I found not as animating as I wanted. But that's me - and not you. I can't hate this book or even dislike it - but I probably won't read it again and leave it in the often-used guest bedroom. But it did inspire to write a poem....so it must be 'okay'
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author comes across as extremely likeable if a bit scatty, and it's an inspiring, funny story of her attempt to live her dream of a life on the water. She is entirely honest and wryly humorous about all the various problems she encountered and the eccentricity of the whole scheme.

She is clearly a book lover and the style reflects this - at times she waxes lyrical, at other times she takes a more prosaic approach, and the style wanders between this and a kind of bawdy humour. There is even an extended parody of Black Beauty in which she writes part of the story from the point of view of the canal boat (who is called Joseph). While this may seem ill-advised at first, it turns out to be one of the funniest sections of the book.

I think one or two other reviewers have been put off by the fact that this isn't a simple bucolic tale and instead includes some surreal flights of fancy and shifts of tone.. However I found the style to be perfect as it captures the personality of the author so well. And the rather beautifully constructed ending manages to be clever, satisfying and romantic all at once.

So, not everyone's cup of tea, but definitely mine.
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I am a commitmentphobe ! Do I like it or don't I like it ? Well I found it very readable in a blog shaped way . The short 'chapters' at times hopped about a bit but I never lost interest .She is an erudite and interesting literaryphile. The gathering realisation that narrowboating is hard work , showed her gaining some idea of what real life is about . However the seemingly inept approach to business made me realise that she was really just playing at it . A comment towards the end by one of her friends ' well now you've had the ' experience '' voiced the question 'are you now going to do it properly or get a real job ' ...
Sarah is also a commitmentphobe .She is unwilling to commit to Stu yet still clings to him for help , financial , emotional and physical . But more seriously she is not willing to commit to growing up and being responsible for her own actions .This is what I found most difficult to deal with while reading this book . She has a dream and when a real bank turns her down she turns to the Bank Of Mummy and Daddy and they over indulge her by forking out £30 K .She gets credit from her suppliers but when the chips are down she shreds the bills and plays ostrich ! Eventually she has to resort to corporate whoredom [ her words ] and do a real job for a year to pay her debts , but has she repaid the Bank of Mummy and Daddy ? Has she repaid Stu ?
Sarah dreams of boating to Paris , I hope it comes off for her but I would not feel any sense of achievement if I did it by sponging off others . But that may be because I wasn't raised in this selfish generation !!
And like another reviewer asked , 'Why didn't she use the toilet cassette /', probably just playing Petra Pan again .
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