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There’s no short­age of books deal­ing with the Grand Union Canal, but this one takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach, con­cen­trat­ing en­tirely on the 14 miles from Batch­worth to Berkham­sted com­pris­ing most of the canal’s Hert­ford­shire length. The book fol­lows the route north­wards in pic­tures, many of them his­toric views in some cases matched with mod­ern ones, and ex­tended cap­tions de­scrib­ing many facets of the history of the canal and its sur­round­ings. Some are fa­mil­iar; some less so: from Walk­ers boat-builders and the area’s pa­per-making in­dus­try to the film­ing of the com­edy The Bargee and the one-time canal­side home of for­mer TV chef Fanny Crad­dock. Take a copy with you to en­liven your next cruise along the route.

Hert­ford­shire’sHis­toricIn­landWater­way, John Cooper, Am­ber­ley, am­ber­ley,com, £14.99, 978-1-4456-5297-9

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