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Both pub­lished as e-books, th­ese are two very dif­fer­ent ac­counts of how cou­ples take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of early re­tire­ment and change their lives by tak­ing to the wa­ter.

Life­with our­fee­tun­der­wa­ter by Roger Distill is avail­able to buy on Kin­dle, or free to read on Kin­dle Un­lim­ited. It tells how re­tired teacher Roger and his wife, Grace, move on to the wa­ter, start­ing with them choos­ing and buy­ing nar­row­boat Kan­tara, and fol­low­ing them through their trav­els around Eng­land’s beau­ti­ful canals. Un­ex­pected re­pairs, charg­ing prob­lems and ap­palling weather are all taken in their stride, as they im­prove their skills and show off their new home to friends and fam­ily. It’s an en­ter­tain­ing dip into all aspects of English canal boat­ing.

Again­st­theCur­rent by Mike Bod­nar, also avail­able on Kin­dle, and, as you might guess from the sub­ti­tle Au revoir­tothe cor­po­ratelife­and­bon­jourto al­ifeafloat, it’s a look into a more ad­ven­tur­ous life on the French wa­ter­ways. This is the log of Mike and Liz’s first year on their Dutch-built cruiser, Lib­erty, as they and their guests travel from north­ern France to the Canal du Midi in the south, learn­ing about boat­ing life as they go. Jour­nal­ist and for­mer stand-up comic Mike Bod­nar adds a hu­mor­ous touch to tales of lin­guis­tic con­fu­sion and mul­ti­cul­tural ma­rina life.

Both books take ad­van­tage of the e-book for­mat to pro­vide links to on­line photo al­bums il­lus­trat­ing each chap­ter, al­low­ing read­ers to se­lect which thumb­nails they want to see in more de­tail.

Life­with our­fee­tun­derthe­wa­ter, Roger Distill,, e-book £2.99 (free on Kin­dle Un­lim­ited)

Again­st­theCur­rent: Au revoir­tothecor­po­ratelife­and bon­jour­toal­ifeafloat, Mike Bod­nar, Mata­dor self pub­lish­ing, trou­ba­, £ 9.99 ( print), £4.99 (e-book), 978-1784625382 (print) 978-1785894046 (e-book)

ama­zon. VOL­UN­TEERS AT THE an­nual Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions Clean Up might have a rep­u­ta­tion for pulling some odd items out of the canal – a cof­fin, a sword and, of course, a kitchen sink are among the more un­likely – but, this year, they’re fac­ing stiff com­pe­ti­tion from the other side of the English Chan­nel. The ten-yearly clear­ance of Paris’s Canal de Saint Martin has turned up not only the usual junk that wouldn’t look out of place in the Wyr­ley & Ess­ing­ton (such as shop­ping trol­leys, bikes and mat­tresses), but some more un­usual stuff: a ri­fle, a pis­tol, a sewing man­nequin, a drone, a wheel­chair, a gravel com­pactor and a 1930s Rollei­flex cam­era. Over to you guys on the BCN in April – the chal­lenge is on!

dis­counts and use­ful in­for­ma­tion. Al­though it’s cur­rently only avail­able for iOS devices we reckon it’s worth hav­ing and hope there will be an An­droid ver­sion soon.

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