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Book Christmas Gifts

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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Book - The Liveaboard Guide

Book - The Liveaboard Guide

Ref: 132005

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

16.99

Book - Narrowboat Life

Book - Narrowboat Life

Ref: 132012

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

18.99

The BCN In Pictures - 250th Anniversary

The BCN In Pictures - 250th Anniversary

Ref: 133057

A book of historical photographs of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

First published in 1973, this is a new and completely revised edition which has been produced to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the opening of the first canal to arrive in Birmingham.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

13.95

Forging Ahead - A history of Tooley's Boatyard

Forging Ahead - A history of Tooley's Boatyard

Ref: 131039

FORGING AHEAD IS A BRAND NEW LOOK AT THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF TOOLEY’S BOATYARD IN BANBURY.

This unique, working yard has been in existence since the arrival of the Oxford Canal in the North Oxfordshire market town in 1778. Matthew Armitage has been the director of the site for the past sixteen years. His very personal account of the yard’s past is brought right up to date with a distinctive insight into how age old practices still prevail and thrive to this day. With a wealth of photographs, articles, illustrations and anecdotes about the Tooleys themselves, Matthew’s insight into this much loved jewel in Banbury’s crown will entertain and inform anyone with an interest in the history of the canals and inland waterways.

All the money from the sale of this book will support the boatyard and its projects.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

11.99

Off The Mainline - Reflections On A Life With Canals

Off The Mainline - Reflections On A Life With Canals

Ref: 134059

Tony Lewery is a well known waterways author, a regular contributor to the waterways press and acknowledged expert on canal art and heritage.

For a number of years Tony has been writing these 'Off The Mainline' features for the Canal Junction website on a wide variety of waterway topics and events. Many of those articles are brought together in this book, where he takes a personal and thought provoking view on the subject of canal boats, barges and boat horses. They are usualloy illustrated with his own original photographs or artwork.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

12.99

Book - The Canal Guide / Stuart Fisher

Book - The Canal Guide / Stuart Fisher

Ref: 131214

By Stuart Fisher.

Subtitled 'Britain's 55 Best Canals'. Journey along Britain's 55 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.

This is the updated and expanded edition published in 2021.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

18.99

Book - Exploring Britain's Canals

Book - Exploring Britain's Canals

Ref: 990409

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

17.99

Book - Inland Waterways of Ireland

Book - Inland Waterways of Ireland

Ref: 990601

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

27.50

Book - Sell Up and Cruise the Inland Waterways

Book - Sell Up and Cruise the Inland Waterways

Ref: 992223

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

16.99

Book - Simple Boat Maintenance

Book - Simple Boat Maintenance

Ref: 132008

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

20.00