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The Midlands Canals in 1871, The Evidence of Census    Barrie Trinder

This book re-peoples the canals, looking at traffics on every nook and cranny, by reference to the 1871 Census.

Much valuable data.

Softback   £14.95

The BCN in Pictures

BCN Society

B/w photos of the BCN in the past, and recent colour photos, taken around the system, to celebrate 250 years of the canal arriving in Birmingham.

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A selection of recent books

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John Knill’s Navy

Sir John Knill

The story of Knill’s five years in narrow boat carrying from 1948, ultimately operating a small fleet.  First published in 1998, copies rarely come up for sale, yet there is always demand.  This second edition is published on 10 August.



Harecastle’s Canal and Railway Tunnels

Allan C Barker, Mike G Fell OBE

A detailed illustrated historic review of the two canal and three railway tunnels constructed through Harecastle Hill near Kidsgrove, Staffs.

Hardback £25.00

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Britain’s Canals

Anthony Burton, Derek Pratt

Discover the amazing architecture and engineering wonders that make Britain’s canals so special, so loved and enjoyed by so many.



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James Smart of Chalford

Hugh Conway-Jones

Working life of coal merchant and carrier James Smart and his associates on the Cotswold canals and linked waterways in the 1880s/1890s.

Softback £18.00

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Andrew Ellison was an extremely successful City solicitor until one mistake sent him to prison, during which time his wife divorced him and he lost touch with his family. On his release, he wanted a different and simpler life, so bought a boat on which to travel the canal system. He moored his boat at a remote farm, but almost immediately his past life came back to haunt him. It led ultimately to him being involved with police who were investigating matters which threatened national security, and endangering him and the new friends he had made….

This is a compelling, well-woven and gritty narrative, with a great variety of believable characters – and lots of canal interest from someone who really knew working boats and canals.

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Working Boats

Roger Alsop & Graham Dodkins

A 1985 recreation of Roger Alsop’s 1960s coal runs down the Grand Union Canal with GU boats Comet and Barnes; comment on what had changed in 20 years.

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A Foodie Afloat

Di Murrell

The story of a cook’s journey through France on a barge. Di takes us on a gentle journey across France. There’s an eclectic mix of simplicity and sophistication in her cooking and recipes.

Softback   £12.99

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