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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.
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.
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'
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.
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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Sarah Henshaw is a bookseller, but no ordinary book seller! SH takes the business to new places when she opens 'The Book Barge'. Read more
Sarah writes this story with such insight about life on a narrowboat! It makes the reader conjure up the events as they happen in the mind. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. D. Pickett
I was pleased to receive a copy of this book as a Christmas present, because I'd heard a lot about the Book Barge, of which this is a memoir, though I'd never come across it in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Debbie Young
Mostly unputdownable..original and slightly weird at times but generally very informative re: dealing with waterways and people generally singlehandedly.Published 8 months ago by Hellsbells71
I like stories about canals, and boats, and books. It ticked all the boxes for me.Published 11 months ago by Anthony W Brown
I lost patience with this book it is so disorganised.It has a certain eccentric charm but if you have any love of the waterways and narowboats you quickly become disillusioned... Read morePublished 15 months ago by MONIKA TOMLINSON
Excellent inspiring work by the author who made an unconventional career choice . A great read that I could not put downPublished 15 months ago by David Riley
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