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This is a wel­come re­print of the three vol­umes of the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of LTC ( Tom) Rolt, pi­o­neer of the wa­ter­ways re­vival move­ment. The first vol­ume, Land­scape with Machines, cov­ers his child­hood and early years in the Welsh bor­ders, train­ing as an en­gi­neer, run­ning a garage spe­cial­is­ing in vin­tage sports cars, and his idea of a ‘de­sign for liv­ing’ afloat on nar­row­boat Cressy with his first wife An­gela. Land­scape with

Canals is the vol­ume which will most in­ter­est Canal Boat read­ers, cov­er­ing life afloat through the Sec­ond World War, the pub­lish­ing of his book Nar­row Boat, lead­ing to the found­ing of the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion and the cam­paign to save the wa­ter­ways – but also, sadly to dis­agree­ments with other IWA pi­o­neers, and the demise of Cressy. Fi­nally, Land­scape with Fig­ures cov­ers his in­volve­ment in the rail­way preser­va­tion move­ment, while mak­ing a ca­reer for him­self as an au­thor.

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