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Papua New Guinea. At home, I'm a cantankerous old git. On the boat, after a week's cruising, I'm just a cantankerous old git with dirty hair. Steve Haywood has a problem. He doesn't know where he comes from. Made me want to revisit the slow pace of canal travelling. Also happy memories of canal trip with Yorkie lass Yvonne, rest her soul. Jun 06, Bob rated it liked it. This is the story of one man's quest to find the meaniong of, "The North," by single-handedly sailing his narrowboat to a city that to him typifies, "The North.
He interestingly listed and communicated his feelings and emotions throughout his journey. His well-crafted descriptions of characters and places he encounters succeed in This is the story of one man's quest to find the meaniong of, "The North," by single-handedly sailing his narrowboat to a city that to him typifies, "The North. His well-crafted descriptions of characters and places he encounters succeed in helping you imagine yourself in his position, which was the reason I chose to read the book.
Coupled with his feelings of fear, anger and trepidation of some areas that he was basing on rumours and possibly apochryphal stories the atmosphere created was at times dark but not gloomy. There were some emotional scenes that were rather unexpected. My main criticism was the interminable list of names of places through which he was passing which I may have found more interesting had I been following his journey on a waterways map.
On the whole a book that may not be enjoyed by any reader who had no interest in canals despite the frequent highs and lows in the story. May 30, Cliff rated it really liked it. Thoroughly enjoyable book about a trip the writer took around the Pennines in a canal narrowboat.
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He made the trip, which appears to have lasted several months with interruptions caused by the declining health of his mother , in order to traverse the then recently opened Huddersfield Narrow Canal. I've only seen this from the train when entering the railway's Standedge Tunnel. That used by the canal sounds much creepier! Nice writings with vignettes about the countryside he travels through and Thoroughly enjoyable book about a trip the writer took around the Pennines in a canal narrowboat.
Nice writings with vignettes about the countryside he travels through and the characters he meets along the way. I've often wanted to cruise on a canal narrowboat. However, I doubt I ever shall as I don't think I could manage the physical effort needed, particularly with negotiating the many locks.
However, it was good to dream while reading another's experiences.
Sep 18, Mervyn rated it liked it Shelves: owned. Well although I have only been on a couple of narrow boat cruises I am keen to explore more and this book seemed to be an ideal read for a newbie.
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It is very interesting and in many ways a very practical eyeopener to anyone who may have a rosy picture of cruising down a pristine, idyllic canal. It brings home the reality of difficult locks, low water levels, bad management and bad people. However I did feel it went a little too far to discourage potential new liveaboards.
Partly because, as the Well although I have only been on a couple of narrow boat cruises I am keen to explore more and this book seemed to be an ideal read for a newbie.
Partly because, as the author admits, he is a 'cantankerous old git' and he brings that attitude to the book and the people he meets. Also because he obviously has been boating for many years and has a deep nostalgia for the industrial heyday of the canal system and past. Don't get me wrong, I to am interested in the historical past, but that is the point in a way, it is the past. Dark satanic mills, coughing smoke or being driven by water wheels while dirty, rag covered urchins are frayed alive on the mill wheel, is a past that we don't need to always be reminded of.
My ambition is to see this beautiful and diverse country from a totally different perspective to the M40 or A1, and my albeit limited experience of canal travel does just that, at a pace of live which relaxes and reinvigorates those living hectic lives in the real world.
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So yes a good book and certainly it should be read by anyone interested in boating to get a feel for the realism. But I just wish that it was a bit more positive as well. Aug 26, David Roberts rated it it was amazing. I am reviewing the book Narrowboat Dreams by Steve Haywood which is an excellent book which I bought from a car boot sale. This book is part autobiography and part travel guide and is about the author travelling around some of the most northerly canals in Britain.
He comes from Leicester in the East Midlands which he rather amusingly says isn't regarded as the true Midlands to West Midlanders. They think you should come from somewhere like Dudley or Birmingham, famous for engineering. They also I am reviewing the book Narrowboat Dreams by Steve Haywood which is an excellent book which I bought from a car boot sale. They also regard the East Midlands as being almost part of the Home Counties. There is some information on locks which for the uninitiated are what take a boat up or down to a different water level.
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They are found on rivers and canals and you have a lock key that winds a crank that either lets water in or out and that takes you to a different level. You have heavy gates that enclose the lock and prevent a waterfall forming. The stretch of water within a lock is called a pound on a canal and a reach on a river. The higher level a lock can take you to is called a summit.
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