Narrowboat Dreams: A Journey North by England's Waterways Paperback – 7 Jul 2008
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"Haywood imprints his inimitable humour on his descriptions of the people and places he meets along the way." --"BBC Country File" magazine
"He conjures up a picture of a different world, filled with interesting and eccentric people. A cross-section of the best of middle England, in fact." --"Oxford Times"
'quietly humorous account... through secret hidden worlds he succeeds in evoking and capturing on the journey'
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He has managed to capture that sense of "where do I belong?" that so many of us East Midlanders experience. As a Nottingham man, I can even forgive him coming from Leicester because he kept me smiling for 300 odd pages.
What I particularly like is the way he captures the singlemindedness of the lone adventurer as he lovingly describes the narrow world of canal life without ever losing the priorities of his sickly Mother and his partner Em.
Just read it.
Mind you, I bet you will never eat a cornetto with the same enthusiasm again.
Well recommended read.
As the narrator says at the end of the book: "Journeys as I've said before, are in the mind, not on maps. They're about what's inside, not out. A personal CAT-scan, not a window on the world." It is this personal view, along with vivid evocations of varied English landscapes and townscapes, that makes the book much more than a travel guide.
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I particularly liked the dry cynical truth written with humour (and pain) about this lovely region. North to me is home, South be the kingdom of Jessie's and talkers so, for a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Duckworth
I loved the book, steve is very witty and a very good writer.Published 12 months ago by sandra jones