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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, ad­lard­, £18.99, 978-1-4729-2708-8

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