A Week on the Broads
SK Baker, £10, Bloomsbury, 9781472945136
This is the companion to the earlier published Wye adventure. Here - rather like Three Men In a Boat, that classic adventure of Edwardian gents - we have a true tale of a group of four friends who set sail on a Norfolk gaffer in 1889, and the various events that they participated in along their journey, all illustrated by the author, in a facsimile of his original book. Sailing to Surlingham Broad, Irstead shoals and Postwick, for example, from Wroxham, where today you can hire a craft and go exploring, this is a nostalgic trip to a lost era of messing about in boats.