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Code: IM08
The long-running Inland Waterways of Great Britain is the only single volume to cover in fine detail all inland navigations in England, Wales and Scotland. This colourful new edition also gives full information on recently restored waterways and follows progress on others still under restoration. Individual maps and full details, including distance charts, for each waterway. An extended and updated section looks at waterways now lost to navigation, or possibly never finished, with map details for those who enjoy the challenge of searching out waterways history on the ground.


Code: AU15
This classic book on canal boat colour schemes by Edward Paget-Tomlinson was first published in 2004, but has not been available for some time. This new edition is a reprint in response to continuing requests for the book, but with a different set of images on the cover. Illustrated throughout with Edward's full colour paintings of boats, and many b/w photos. Size: 242mm x 176mm, 176 pages, paperback,

Code: AU10
Knots for the Cut is aimed at narrowboaters and cruiser owners the length and breadth of Britain’s unique canal system, and other perfectionists. According to the Inland Waterways Association, there are over 30,000 boats on Britain’s inland waterways. Most owners soon bond with their vessel and take a pride in doing things correctly, with historical authenticity and accuracy.

Code: AM01
Harley Crossley was a professional artist for over forty years. Painting in oils using knives, the range of his work included landscapes, ships, cars, traction engines and canals. In the 1960s Harley and his wife spent a month on a narrow boat cruising the canals and this was the beginning of a life-long passion for the waterways of England. During his life he explored much of the canal system by narrow boat and in a camper van, always with his easel and paints, capturing the boats and scenes around him. Harley was a popular exhibitor at the many waterways festivals across the canal network, always exciting interest as he demonstrated his talent by painting on his stand. This book compiles, and pays homage to, some of the best canal art of Harley Crossley - See more at: https://www.amberley-books.com/the-canals-of-harley-crossley.html#sthash.V2xlyfNl.dpuf

Code: AU09
"Historic Working Narrow Boats Today" contains over 590 colour photographs of 465 working boats as they are today. The book features more than half of the 830 boats known still to exist, and they range in age from about 50 to 175 years. There are brief historical notes on every boat. Almost all the superb photographs were taken by David Williams, one of the volunteers at Audlem Locks for about three years. He took the photos all over the country over the last few years.

Code: AU06
The second volume of this book contains photos of 450 former working boats, with short notes on each. The first volume, published in 2013, covered 465 boats, so between them they have photos of 915 identified boats, plus several pages of photos of boats that the authors have not identified, almost all BCN day-boats. At the date of going to print, in mid May, the authors David Williams and Peter Silvester knew of 38 more boats, but they have not found them, so do not have photos of them and since then a few more have come to light. This search for historic boats has been a 12 year odyssey for David, and might be a never-ending project! A fascinating book which should appeal to all boaters interested in canal history, this second volume also contains a list of all the 915 boats in name order, showing the origin, and original name where appropriate – ideal for boat-spotters.

Code: AU08
John Liley has been writing about canals for longer than most of us can remember. His ever popular Journeys of the Swan was published in 1971. John’s new book looks at the canals in Britain, and to a lesser extent France and the near-Continent, since he first discovered the Ashton Canal in 1953. There’s a wide look at various aspects of the fight to retain and restore canals, and at the official attempts to thwart that, of John’s meetings with Robert Aickman, and BW officials in the 1960s, and of his experiences as editor of Motor Boat and Yachting (which had quite a lot of canal content during his time, before Waterways World hit the newsstands in 1972). He also looks at his time sailing, and the French canals, where he currently operates an hotel boat. John’s topical observations are interesting, and sometimes wry and provoking

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Code: AC98
The book covers finding and buying a boat, the legalities of purchase, the different features and utilities, finding a mooring, boating health and safety, the cost of boating, boat maintenance, boating etiquette and many other frequently asked questions.

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Rose & Castles
 £18.95
Code: AU07
Jane Marshall of the canal oriented Day-Star Theatre will be well-known to many boaters and IWA members. She also runs courses on traditional narrow boat decoration, and this book is based on her 20+ years of experience. It starts with a brief review of the history of “Roses & Castles”, then the well known ‘masters’ of last century, such as Frank Jones, Frank Nurser, Ron Hough, etc. There are also chapters on modern-day painters who are perpetuating the tradition (including Tony Lewery, Dave Moore, and Alan Barnett and Roger Wickson - two of the few remaining knobstick painters – and a pictorial comparison of the various styles of painting. The second section of the book is a very comprehensive set of practical instructions for painting roses, castles, daisies, lettering and scumbling, with lots of diagrams etc.

Code: WW31

List Price: £19.99 Now £17.50

The fourth completely revised and updated edition of the most comprehensive guide to owning a boat on Britain's inland waterways. Chapters discuss:
  • licences, mooring, finance, insurance and maintenance
  • buying second-hand boats
  • living afloat
  • equipment and systems on inland boats
  • engines, including vintage and outboard
  • comprehensive directory of inland waterway maintenance specialists

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