Very enjoyable read about life on a boat travelling the canals and backwaters of london what had started as a solution to the high costs of renting in the capital it soon became a way of life unable to find a suitable permanent mooring site it was necessary to move the boat every two weeks. Journeying along londons waterways on a canal boat called pike helen babbs puts down roots for two weeks at a time before moving onfrom walthamstow marsh in the east to uxbridge in the west she explores the landscape in all its guises marshland wasteland city centre and suburb. This diary blends nature writing social observation and memoir as the author makes her way through the waterways of london and out into the western suburbs over the course of a year periodically settling for a few weeks to explore the locality. Babbs is an excellent nature writer evoking the lives and emotions tied to the water charming steven cooper waterstones events manager the bookseller one of the best waterways books for read more. Helen babbs adrift a secret life of londons waterways icon books 2016 304pp adrift is a diary of helen babbs narrowboat pike as it moves east to west from hackney marshes via the lee navigation the hertford union and regents canals to uxbridge over a single year
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