One Man and a Narrowboat : Slowing Down Time on England's Waterways, Paperback Book

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

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If I'd really been serious about getting to grips with my mid-life crisis, then I'd have been better opting for a course of therapy than going off travelling. Or if I had to travel, I'd have been better opting for somewhere warm with a beach...In an attempt to get to grips with a BIG birthday, Steve sets out from Oxford to explore what makes the English...well, so English.

His quirky humour is inspired by Tom Rolt, who took to the canals on a similar journey immortalised 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.

First published as 'Fruit Flies Like a Banana' this revised edition with new material is published to coincide with the 70-year anniversary of Tom Rolt's own classic trip.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
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  • Category: Narrowboats & canals
  • ISBN: 9781840247367

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This was a surprisingly entertaining and interesting book. The author leaves London for a long stay on the canals, and makes his travels (and his staying put) a very good read. In between you learn a lot about Tom Rolt, Robert Aickman, Elisabeth Jane Howard, and the IWA

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I would probably read Haywood again if offered the book for free, but he is one of the least interesting writers about the canals that I have come across.

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