The Water Road Book


By Paul Gogarty

To escape the hurry-sickness of modern life, Paul Gogarty disappears for 4 months into a maze of canals linking the Thames with the Severn, Mersey and Trent. On this magical journey the author weaves a mesmerising tale packed with drama, hilarious encounters and illuminating reflection as he revels in the canals network's second golden age.

Tales From The West Midlands Canals Book

By Robert Davies
Beginning with the early days of canals in the West Midlands, tracing the work of the Lunar Society, including members Boulton and Watt, and the Earls of Dudley, Robert Davies follows the changing patterns of these waterways over 200 years of history.

Windlass In My Belt Book

By John Thorpe
An autobiographical and evocative tale of a young boy's journey into manhood set against the background of the Midland canal system in the 1950s and 60s. An enduring passion begins with early family trips and the purchase by his parents of a canalside cottage at Stoke Bruerne.

Rivers Book - Griff Rhys Jones

By Griff Rhys Jones
In punts canoes and rowing boats, Griff Rhys Jones takes us on a tour of Britain's beautiful and extraordinary rivers. He battles through the gorges and waterfalls of Scotland's wild mountains, drifts across the plains of East Anglia and plunges into the Wye, exploring the legends and stories of our rivers on the way. How did man harness the power of water in feats of engineering like the Manchester Ship Canal, or the fountains at Chatsworth or the weirs of Hertfordshire?

Narrow Dog to Carcassonne Book

By Terry Darlington
"We could bore ourselves to death, drink ourselves to death, or have a bit of an adventure..." It was absurd. It was foolhardy. And it was glorious. When they retired, Terry Darlington and his somewhat saner wife Monica—together with their dog, a whippet named Jim—chucked their earthbound life and set out in an utterly unseaworthy sixty-foot canal narrowboat across the notoriously treacherous English Channel and down to the South of France.

Narrow Boat Book

By Tom Rolt
First published in 1944, and now reissued with a new section of black and white plates, this book has become a classic on its subject, and may be said to have started a revival of interest in the English waterways.  This engaging book tells the story of how he and his wife adapted and fitted out the boat as a home.

Death On The Waterways


By Allan Scott-Davies

This book delves into the darkest criminal cases to occur or be associated with the canals and inland waterways of Britain, including many high-profile murders and assaults. Author Allan Scott-Davies has put together a grisly collection of sordid tales, also taking into account deaths and murders along Britain's rivers, pools and lakes, bridges and tunnels.  Ugh!

Too Narrow To Swing A Cat

By Steve Haywood
I had read Fruit Flies like a Banana, (see my review) and this is a rehashing of that book. My initial thought was that it would be merely a re-read, not exciting. However, perhaps partly because I had read that book quite sometime ago, this proved a compelling tome. It is tighter and more readable than the first and contains equally humorous and historical stories of the waterways.  Review by Rod de Lisle.

One Man & A Narrowboat

By Steve Haywood
Based on Fruit Flies like a Banana, but more readable.  Humorous stories based on the inland waterways, with a bit of history thrown in for good measure.. 

Narrowboat Dreams Book

By Steve Haywood
A humorous follow-up to Steve Haywood's earlier canal journey in "Fruit Flies Like a Banana/One Man and a Narrowboat".