One Man and His Narrowboat: Slowing Down Time on England's Waterways

One Man and His Narrowboat Slowing Down Time on England s Waterways Escaping a mid life crisis Steve Haywood celebrates his birthday with a trip through England s canals In an attempt to get to grips with a big birthday author Steve Haywood sets out from Oxford to e

  • Title: One Man and His Narrowboat: Slowing Down Time on England's Waterways
  • Author: Steve Haywood
  • ISBN: 9781840247367
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • Escaping a mid life crisis, Steve Haywood celebrates his birthday with a trip through England s canals In an attempt to get to grips with a big birthday, author Steve Haywood sets out from Oxford to explore what makes the English, well, so English His quirky humor is inspired by Tom Rolt, who took to the canals on a similar journey immortalized in the book Narrow Boat, kiEscaping a mid life crisis, Steve Haywood celebrates his birthday with a trip through England s canals In an attempt to get to grips with a big birthday, author Steve Haywood sets out from Oxford to explore what makes the English, well, so English His quirky humor is inspired by Tom Rolt, who took to the canals on a similar journey immortalized in the book Narrow Boat, kick starting the revival of Britain s waterways Prepare for a generous helping of mayhem, mishaps, and the staple of every English summer torrential rain.

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    1. Irritating and informative by turns. This bloke has far too much money and too much time. He squanders away his money on an expensive vintage car, keeps going back and forth to his house in London ('The Crumbling Pile') to do expensive repairs and yet can still afford to get his boat, which he has barely moved, lifted out and repainted, when most of us can only afford one of these three things! And yet he never seems to work and when he's on his boat he hardly goes anywhere for at least two mont [...]

    2. I tried searching for this book on , but insisted it hadn't been added? I then added the book manually, yet when I entered the ISBN, informed me that this ISBN number was already taken? This has occurred because the book was originally entered with an incorrect title - 'One Man and His Narrowboat'. Whereas the actual title to the book is 'One Man and A Narrowboat'. Please excuse this rather pedantic comment, but mistakes like this initially mess up the filing system, then they confuse people, [...]

    3. This turned out to be not what I was expecting. Yes, part of it is about a man's canal boat journey (although most of that seems to focus on the constant rain and the pubs, more than anything else). But it's also part historical reference, part cookery book, so I found it rather disjointed. And mostly, I found it a rather self-indulgent whimsy of a rather selfish man who went off to do fun things leaving his wife at home to (a) earn a living and (b) deal with their crumbling house. He didn't see [...]

    4. A fantastic, comedic and fascinating journey on England's canals. Whether the book would hold quite as dearly to non-liveaboards, or folk who are completely uninterested in narrowboats, I couldn't say. However, it is certainly a funny, detailed and descriptive yarn, and one that I would heartily recommend. Haywood describes the ups and downs of a 'liveaboard' in wonderful detail, and he has a fine 'tutor' in Tom Rolt.

    5. I was really looking forward to reading this book. But when I started reading it, I noticed how Mr Haywood grouped Scottish people and Americans together in narrowminded (sorry, didn't mean that to be a pun) bunches. It would have been much more enjoyable if he had kept his negative thoughts about folks north of the border and over the pond to himself.

    6. An interesting book! Some passages were quite hard to read, but I persevered and enjoyed it. He ties in recipes, boating stories and a history of canals, so you never quite know what will come next. He has more detail and strength in the historical sections, but I really enjoyed the way he captured dialogue.

    7. funny book into the insight of travelling from oxford to bristol by inland waterways ( canals or rivers) and also a look at social, cultural and historic look at modern britain through the eyes of its waterways and the author on his narrowboat

    8. You don't need to know the canals to enjoy this book. It describes one mans travels on his boat thorough rural England. It's funny and observant, and illustrates another way of living, off the grid.

    9. Rather disingenuous treatment of Aickman, not worth your time, stick with Bolton's Race Against Time, for a more informative and less biased approach to the whole Aickman/Rolt kerfuffle.

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