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Reviewing the book.
on 25 March 2014
As someone just on the very edge of thinking about the vaguest whiff of a possibility of buying and living on a boat, I found this book to be a good starting point to launch my own research; I feel I’m no longer staring at an entirely blank canvas. I found Tony Jones’ writing easy to read and I went through the book in one sitting. It’s a good quality, glossy production laid out with a mixture of text from Tony, ‘Ask the narrowboaters’ (comments from others living aboard), lots of photographs, personal experiences in ‘Tony’s Towpath Tales’ and some short, sharp, focussed advice condensed from previous text. I see some reviewers thought it negative in parts but I interpreted that aspect more as tempered realism.
Where the book fell down for me is that I couldn’t be quite sure to what degree Tony or the other ‘liveaboard’ folk mentioned are linked back to the land. It appears that being able to maintain a permanent address (ie still owning a property or a ‘care of’ arrangement with friends or relatives) makes it easier to hang on to the likes of a driving licence (I’d need mine for work), registering with a doctor and holding on to a bank account. I’d be selling my house to buy the boat so would not have a land address. In the context of the whole book, my view is that these issues needed addressing more widely – even if there are no definitive answers - and at the start. But it’s still a good read…