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Books For Christmas

This is a small selection of our books that we think would make a fabulous Christmas gift for someone with an interest in canals.

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Collins Nicholson Waterways of Britain: An illustrated guide to Britain's best waterways

Collins Nicholson Waterways of Britain: An illustrated guide to Britain's best waterways

from the publishers of the Nicholson's guides, and written by Jonathan Mosse.

This book was first published as The Times Waterways of Britain in 2010. This paperback edition is 2016, and is an illustrated guide to Britain's best waterways.

It features 22 canals in England, Wales and Scotland and illustrated with mapping and over 300 contemporary photos. It includes facts and figures for the selected waterways and highlights cities, towns and places of interest.

Soft back. 304 pages.21.1cms x 18.8cms approx.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 15.00

Our Great Canal Journeys: A Lifetime of Memories on Britain's Most Beautiful Waterways

Our Great Canal Journeys: A Lifetime of Memories on Britain's Most Beautiful Waterways

For more than half a century, a shared love of canals and narrowboats has been inseparable from the marriage of Timothy West and Prunella Scales. The two iconic actors have spent many of the happiest days of their life together enjoying the calming pleasures of watching land and nature unfold before them at four miles an hour.

In 2014, Tim and Pru took to the canals of Britain and beyond with a television crew and a brief to record their best-loved trips along the most beautiful waterways they could find. Little did anyone guess that their seemingly light-hearted travelogue, and the story of their lives that it revealed, would transcend the programme's gentle façade, becoming something entirely more powerful. From the outset, the reflective undertones of the possibilities of later life, and the realities of Prunella's dementia, struck a chord with viewers around the country. Now in its seventh series, the show has been described as 'beautiful and meditative' by the Guardian, 'touching' by the Independent and 'a hymn to the possibilities of later life' by the Telegraph, there is no finer, nor more thought-provoking, travelogue on British television.

Hardback. 256 pages. 26cm by 19.5cm approx.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 10.00

Book - The Canal Guide

Book - The Canal Guide

By Stuart Fisher.

Subtitled 'Britain's 50 Best Canals'. Journey along Britain's 50 most beautiful and interesting canals, as this guide reveals the best of our waterways heritage.

From the Grand Union and the Kennet & Avon to the Forth & Clyde and the Caledonian, The Canal Guide features: the history, wildlife, folklore, pubs and attractions of each canal, beautiful photography, detailed maps, practical information boxes with distances, Ordnance Survey references and useful websites.

Soft back. 336 pages. 16.3cms (6½") x 23.4cms (9¼") approx. Colour photos and maps.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 14.99

Book - Exploring Britain's Canals

Book - Exploring Britain's Canals

by Paul Atterbury.

With an introduction by Timothy West and Prunella Scales this book is full of colour photographs and descriptions of many of the canals of Britain, from the Kennet and Avon to the Caledonian.

Hard back, 192 pages, 27.2cms x 24.8cms approx.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 17.99

Book - Inland Waterways of Great Britain (8th Ed)

Book - Inland Waterways of Great Britain (8th Ed)

by Jane Cumberlidge.

This is the eighth edition of a book that was originally published in 1904 as 'Bradshaw's Canals and Navigable Rivers of England and Wales'. Custody of this 'waterways bible' has now passed to Jane Cumberlidge.

In this new edition, several reopened canals have returned to the main body of the book. This book covers all the inland navigations in England, Wales and Scotland.

Hard back. 418 pages. 21.7cms x 30.3cms approx.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 32.50

Book - Inland Waterways of Ireland

Book - Inland Waterways of Ireland

by Jane Cumberlidge.

Provides all the essential information on all the rivers and waterways of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. She uses the same successful pattern familiar to users of her Inland Waterways of Great Britain to describe each waterway.

There are general sections which describe the geography and history, and these are followed by details of locks, bridges, regulations and notes on dimensions. The distance tables are supported by simple two colour mapping and photographs (colour and black & white).

Soft back. 134 pages. 21cms x 29.7cms approx.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 27.50

Book - Narrowboat Life

Book - Narrowboat Life

by Jim Batty.

Full time life on a narrowboat is a novelty for so many, and is endlessly fascinating. Narrowboat Life answers all the questions you've wanted to ask about the ins and outs of liveaboard life on the inland waterways..

The book is filled with beautiful, enthralling photography of the waterways themselves, the narrowboats that occupy them and, most importantly, every nook and cranny of their insides. Should you become seduced, the author gives solid hands-on advice about how to make a narrowboat your home.

Soft back, front and back covers have a flap so that you can mark pages. 192 pages. 25cmx x 25 cms approx. Colour photos throughout.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 18.99

Book - Sell Up and Cruise the Inland Waterways

Book - Sell Up and Cruise the Inland Waterways

by Bill & Laurel Cooper.

Bill & Laurel are experts on living afloat, having lived aboard a variety of boats for over 30 years. In this thorough and inspirational guide they share their practical, first hand advice on suitable boats, likely costs, insurance, the pros and cons, health, provisioning and the rules and regulations, and much more.

Soft back. 202 pages. 15.4cms x 23.3cms approx. Illustrated in colour and black & white.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 16.99

Book - Living Afloat

Book - Living Afloat

Edited by Valerie Lee & Beryl McDowall.

Published by the Residential Boat Owners' Association, this book is meant as a basic introduction to those who would like to live on a boat in Great Britain.

It tries to cover all aspects to help you make the decision. Topics covered include moorings, type of boat, services & equipment, safety & security, legal requirements and acquiring your boat. There is a chapter on common questions and members' solutions.

Softback. 96 pages. 14.8cms x 21cms approx. Illustrated with colour and black & white photographs and diagrams. Revised edition 2007.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 8.00

Book - The Liveaboard Guide

Book - The Liveaboard Guide

by Tony Jones.

In this book Tony reveals the pleasures and practicalities of living aboard on Britain's inland waterways.

Uncovering the nuts and bolts of boat life, Tony offers first-hand accessible advice on choosing the best boat for you, finding a suitable mooring, power usage and energy consumption, boating in all seasons, the highs and lows of boat life, the real cost of living aboard, earning an income afloat , rules and red tape.

Soft back. 160 pages. 15.6cms x 23.4cms approx. Colour photographs.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 16.99

Book - Simple Boat Maintenance

Book - Simple Boat Maintenance

by Pat Manley.

The book covers 67 of the most common jobs. From engines (cooling system, fuel, servicing etc), fuel, water and gas systems, to bilge pumps, stern gear, repairing fibre glass and inflatables.

Obviously not all jobs refer to narrowboats, cruisers and sailing boats are also covered.

Hard back. 160 pages, 17.7cms x 24.9cms approx. Well illustrated with over 750 colour photographs and diagrams.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 20.00