Undeterred by a rejection by a local bank to provide a loan for her admittedly unusual but brilliant idea to have a bookshop inside a barge, Sarah Henshaw went ahead anyway. This book / sort of diary loosely charts the summer of 2011 she spent chugging the length and breadth of the country doing a bit of bookselling but mainly swapping her stock for things she needed on the way. An inspirational feel good book.
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In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archaic quotes about Cleopatra's barge. It asked for a GBP30,000 loan to buy a black-and-cream narrowboat and a small hoard of books. The manager said no. Nevertheless The Book Barge opened six months later and enjoyed the happy patronage of local readers, a growing number of eccentrics and the odd moorhen. Business wasn't always easy, so one May morning owner Sarah Henshaw set off for six months chugging the length and breadth of the country. Books were bartered for food, accommodation, bathroom facilities and cake. During the journey, the barge suffered a flooded engine, went out to sea, got banned from Bristol and, on several occasions, floated away altogether. This account follows the ebbs and flows of Sarah's journey as she sought to make her vision of a floating bookshop a reality.
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Constable an imprint of Constable and Robinson
|Publication date:||3rd April 2014|
|Publisher:||Constable an imprint of Constable and Robinson|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, The Real World, Travel,|
|Categories:||Travel writing, Publishing industry & book trade, Memoirs,|
Sarah Henshaw is the proud owner of the Book Barge, the UK's only canal-based bookshop, which is currently still in business somewhere on the water in rural Staffordshire, close to Stoke-on-Trent.More About Sarah Henshaw