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Canal  Book  Shop is part of Audlem Mill, one of the oldest and best-known canalside shops, established originally in 1974.  We now also publish and distribute books to wholesalers, canalside outlets and book shops.  The books currently available are:

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we do not provide books on a sale or return basis.

Journeys of the Swan

John Liley

New edition of the classic 1971 book, one of the most popular canal books of all time, about journeys round the canal system in a former working boat in 1964-65.    £15.95

Shropshire Union Fly-Boats

The Jack Roberts Story

A boatman’s detailed story of his life working fly-boats on the extensive Shropshire Union system from around 1904 to the end of fly-boating in 1921, and his later life with hostel boats. An important historical document.    £16.95

Green & Silver

LTC Rolt

First published in 1949, an account of the author’s travels through the canals of Ireland, before many were lost.  A classic book, reissued nearly 50 years after the last printing.    £15.95

Knots for the Cut

Ben Selfe

With clear original drawings, Ben Selfe takes us through the basics of rope work - how to make fenders, and fancy ropework such as cabin strings, and keyrings, etc.


Historic Working Narrow Boats Today - 1

David Williams & Peter Silvester

Nearly 600 photographs covering 495 of the 900+ historic ex-working boats still in existence, with brief notes on each.  £19.95

Colours of the Cut

Edward Paget-Tomlinson

Long out of print and much sought

after, this book is now back in print!

The company colours of the inland waterway working boats of Britain, superbly illustrated with Edward Paget-Tomlinson’s paintings, and many photographs.    £24.95

A-Z of the Birmingham

Canal Navigations (A BCNS book)

Edward Paget-Tomlinson and Ray Shill

Twenty six superb black and white drawings by Edward Paget-Tomlinson of features of the BCN, with comprehensive historical notes on each by BCN expert Ray Shill.  Illustrated with many photographs, both old and new.    £15.95

Cockerel’s in the Cut

John Blunn

An expanded version of the short-run first edition published in 2008. John Blunn’s memoirs of his time carrying for FMC, Barlows, and Thomas Clayton, and maintenance work with BW.    £12.95

Historic Working Narrow Boats Today - 2

David Williams & Peter Silvester

Nearly 500 photographs of, and notes on, another 450 boats, together with a list of all the historic boats known to the authors.    £19.95

Roses & Castles

Jane Marshall

Two sections look at the history of traditional narrow boat decoration, ’master’ painters and present day painters , then a very practical guide on how to paint roses, castles, lettering and graining (scumbling).    £18.95

The Trouble With Canals

John Liley

Our canal system is safe now. Or is it? John Liley traces its fortunes through his own involvement. Lively and entertaining his account may be, but vital questions are raised.      £19.95

Border Canals:

Middlewich to Llangollen

Ray Shill

Past and present photographs of the  canals crossing the England Wales border, with historical background, by respected canal historian Ray Shill.    £16.95

Canals Are My World

Iris Bryce

A reprint of the Bryces’ travels round the canal system in the early 1980s, meeting the people, and working  - with many observations. A period piece, but a good read.    £12.95

The Twilight Years of Narrow Boat Carrying

Mike Webb

Evocative photos, dating mainly from the 1960s, of working boats around Braunston, the Shropshire union, northern Trent & Mersey, and western end of BCN.


Out of print

Cabin Crochet, Bonnets & Belts  Waterways Museum Society

Large number of patterns for cabin crochet, plus patterns for a boatwoman’s bonnet and boatman’s spiderweb belt - all with full instructions.


A Summer on the Nene

BB - illustrations by DJ Watkins-Pritchard

Reprint of 1967 classic of an idle, golden summer boating on the Nene by well-know naturalist.  Wonderful scraperboard illustrations.  


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.


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.   


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.