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Walking on Water: Exploring the Arteries of England Kindle Edition
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I am a bit bemused by the single star reviews - I can only assume they come from readers of early editions without the author's foreword and comments. He is at pains to point out his inexperience and that the book is written from his own viewpoint.
The book also needs to be considered in its historical context - a lot has changed in the past 15 years and the author has not rewritten it (rightly so) to bring it up to date in terms of his knowledge or possible change of view.
This stands alongside another same time favourite of mine, The Water Road by Paul Gogarty (also available on Kindle),
If you have an interest in waterways and are not worried that an author's experiences and opinions might not match yours (and why should they) then give this a go. If nothing else it is a good reminder of how much life has changed over the past 15 years.
The book also provides an insight into the country we live in - okay, it as his insight, but he is the author after all! Must say I don't quite understand the negative reviews here, which sound like the crusty moans of self-appointed experts who live to pick holes in other people's opinions, just because they don't happen to share them. By his own admission, the author doesn't set himself up to be an expert.
Ah well! My advice is buy, read, relax, enjoy!
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An excellent and articulate look at moving a newly acquired narrowboat.Published on 14 May 2015 by Tim Stewart
As I have a copy of Nicolson's guide to the north west canals, I was able to track Mr Corbles' journey as far as the Coventry Canal, which made this book interesting for me. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2015 by Mr P Davison
An excellent read of a journey around England by narrow boat.Published on 15 Feb. 2015 by Andrew King
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