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Walking on Water: Exploring the Arteries of England by [Corble, Nick]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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The author acquired a battered but much loved canal boat called "Florrie", and set off on the "Grand Trek South". This book recounts the highlights and low points of his journey through the canal systems of England. He tells of his observations of life and the personalities he met on his travels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Corble (15 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8AI0GI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Another good read if you're interested in the canal boat lifestyle, suggest you read and enjoy this one. A good book.
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Excellent read. Highly recommended. Most informative and a good guide to starting out on the canals. Hope there is a sequel.
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I didn't quite know what to expect with this book, having been recommended it, but found myself being pulled willingly into the author's journey and experiences to a point where I simply had to finish the book. The style is refreshing and jolly, and at times really very funny. What's more, you don't need to know anything about boats to enjoy it - in fact that's probably an advantage. I am going to stock up on copies for presents.
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The book is well researched and well observed. Nick's account of England and its waterways today is basically sympathetic, avoiding the cynicism, dyspepsia and exaggeration for effect that travel writers sometimes indulge in. It is humorous without being silly, and many will be able to relate to Nick's journey and his musings on the past, present and future. I enjoyed his portraits of his fellow crew members and their foibles. This book certainly stands comparison with Nicholas Crane and John Hillaby, to name two other wanderers about the UK. It is also entirely accessible to landlubbers like myself; don't pass it over because you don't like boats!
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Excellent writing - there are at least three threads interwoven in this book - detail account of narrowboat maintenance and navigation, historical review of parts of England that have seen better days and some very personal reflections. Not without some truly comic moments but biting at times - this is a good read.
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Just purchased the Kindle edition of WoW following a recommend on my Kindle front page. Pure delight seeing it there as I read one of the original editions pre ePublishing.
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.
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I downloaded this onto my Kindle and found it an easy and fun read, evocative of canal holidays when I was a child - both the ups and the downs! I thought the author really allowed us to see what he was thinking as he tried to master his new boat and enjoyed learning with him. There's a good sense here of what it takes to operate a canal boat - it's not all about drifting along without a care in the world - but also the joy when it does go right. I felt I shared the journey with him.

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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A tale of one man and his young family finding their 'sea legs' on Britain's canal network. Along the way they overcome various challenges to become a part of the waterborne fraternity and look to a long and interesting relationship with Britain's historic waterways. A great read, I'm sure a sequel would be most welcome!
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