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Care on the Cut
Dr Della Sadler-Moore, Lorna York, Christopher M Jones
Health and wellbeing of boaters on the Grand Union Canal 1805-1962, and the story of Sister Mary Ward, the boaters’ nurse at Stoke Bruerne.
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Waterways in the Making

Edward Paget-Tomlinson

New edition of 1996 book describing how canals were built in the first place, and later, how they are maintained.  Large number of sketches by the author.

Softback £15.95

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Off the Mainline

Tony Lewery

‘Reflections on a Life with Canals’ - a series of articles on canal heritage, boats, architecture and history by an acknowledged expert on canal decoration and history.

Softback £16.95

The Seven Wonders of the Inland Waterways

John Suggitt

A history and description of the Anderton Lift, Barton Swing Aqueduct, Bingley Five-Rise, Burnley Embankment, Devizes Locks, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Standedge Tunnel.

Softback £12.95

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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

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.

David Blagrove was closely involved with canals for most of his life, including working narrow boats, and the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne; he also wrote non-fiction books on canals and railways. He was appointed MBE for his services to canals and canal restoration. This novel was his only work of fiction, and it drew heavily on his canal knowledge. Written in the mid-1990s, it was intended to be the first in a series, but no others were ever written.  The book has never previously been published.   Softback   £13.95

New book by David Blagrove

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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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