Narrow Boat

Narrow Boat


Narrow Boat by L.T.C Rolt

First published in 1944 and now reissued with new black and white illustrations and a foreword by Jo Bell, Canal Laureate. This book has become a classic on its subject and may be said to have started a revival of interest in the English waterways.


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It was a spring day in 1939 and L.T.C Rolt first stepped aboard Cressy. This engaging book tells the story of how he and his wife adapted and fitted out the boat as a home, and recreates the journey of 400 miles they made along the network of waterways in the Midlands. It recalls the boatmen and their craft, and celebrates the then seemingly timeless nature of the English countryside through which they passed. As Sir Compton Mackenzie wrote, ‘it is the elegy of classic restraint unmarred by any trace of sentiment’ for a life and a rural landscape that has now all but disappeared. 

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