Narrowboat Life : Discover Life Afloat on the Inland Waterways by Jim Batty

9781472927088 Bloomsbury


Full-time life on a narrowboat is a curiosity for so many of us, and is endlessly fascinating. How do people condense their lives and belongings in to what is essentially a tin can on water? This book answers the questions we've all wanted to ask, on the ins and outs of liveaboard life on the inland waterways. A coffee-table book for the endlessly curious, Narrowboat Life is filled with beautiful, enthralling photography, of the waterways themselves, the boats that occupy them, the owners of said boats and, most importantly, every nook and cranny of the insides of those boats.

To accompany the absorbing photography, playful and informative text answers delightfully nosey questions, such as: How do you fit all of your stuff into such a small, narrow space? How much does it cost to live on a narrowboat? Does he (the cat, dog, parrot) live on the boat? How do you hold down a job if you are always moving? Plus many more to satisfy even the most inquisitive of minds. The author has lived, worked and continuously cruised on a 53-foot narrowboat with his partner and their cat for the past five years. The book's questions are a distillation of queries he has fielded on an almost daily basis since moving aboard - through towpath and lock side conversations with young couples, those close to retirement, single men and women, young families, tourists, as well as talking with a host of curious (and initially uncomprehending) friends, relatives and work colleagues.

Everybody wants to know exactly what the liveaboard life is like.