This isn’t the first book about living afloat on a narrowboat; in fact, it isn’t even the first one published this year – but it manages to look at it from a different angle. Each chapter is based around one of the standard questions that existing liveaboard boaters always get asked. The classic “Is it cold in winter?” leads to a description of different types of heating and insulation; the cheeky “How much did you pay for it?” takes the reader into new and used prices and what to look out for in cheaper, older craft; “Did you paint it yourself?” introduces a discussion on DIY or professional exterior decoration; while “How green is living on a boat?” delves into environmental aspects. Finally the questions of receiving mail, seeing a doctor and holding down a job while continuously cruising are tackled.
NarrowboatLife, Jim Batty, Adlard Coles Nautical, adlardcoles.com, £18.99, 978-1-4729-2708-8