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While our first book pro­vides prac­ti­cal ad­vice for those con­sid­er­ing be­com­ing live­aboards; our sec­ond gives an en­ter­tain­ing ac­count of a cou­ple who did just that. Orig­i­nally writ­ten as a ‘Me & my boats’ ar­ti­cle for Canal Boat, the story of how the au­thor, his wife dogs sold up, moved afloat, and made a long, ir­reg­u­lar and in­di­rect S-shaped jour­ney (hence the ti­tle) across the coun­try from the Shrop­pie to the Ch­ester­field has been ex­panded into a full-length book.It mixes the joys with the pit­falls – both of buy­ing a boat (if you only visit it in the rain, your new boat may ap­pear shinier than it is…) and of cruis­ing (from ground­ing on the ‘Shrop­pie Shelf’ to los­ing all the bolts in your prop­shaft bear­ing). And in among all the amus­ing anec­dotes there are ac­tu­ally a fair num­ber hints, tips and bits of use­ful in­for­ma­tion about get­ting to grips with mov­ing afloat and join­ing the ‘won­der­ful swap-shop cul­ture of the canals’

The wrong way round, Rob Pear­son, self-pub­lished, avail­able from ama­ as pa­per­back (£ 6.99) or Kin­dle edi­tion (£3.59)

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