The Narrowboat Lad tells the true story of author Daniel Mark Brown's first steps into the world of living on a boat.
At the age of 25, during the summer of 2012, Dan found his ideal home, the fact that it was nearly 100 miles of canal away from his workplace, friends, and family gave him a rough and ready introduction to what it meant to own a boat as his first task was to travel the slow way home... in his home.
Dan recounts the first trip day by day, the highs of being a homeowner where every room has a view that can change daily, the lows of having steam burst from below deck and an overheating engine, and everything in between - from the perfect natural surrounds to the long hard days of lock working.
After the long trip home, we are then given a view of his first year onboard as Tilly the narrowboat is transformed into a full time home and the seasons bring their own tint to boat life, particularly a winter that won't soon be forgotten.
Written with honesty and humour, Dan gives listeners an insight into living on a boat, his own life and personality, and why people in his local area instantly know who someone is referring to when they say "The Narrowboat Lad".
Read by Daniel Mark Brown, the author himself, in his trademark Shropshire accent, this book comes alive in audio as never before.
©2013 Daniel Mark Brown (P)2015 Daniel Mark Brown
Bigyn Biggalo no i'm not a gigalo
As i began .....this is a true account of a young man's dream. Surrounding his life with natural beauty, passion, simplistic living ... and Canals. A wonderful and rich account of a life some of us can only dream of, this daring 20's man made real life, Canal Life. If you've ever wondered what it's like, a perspective from a soul that appreciates natural beauty, Canals, living aboard a narrow boat, simple life, writing and the story of how a lad realised how wonderful life could be without the computer games of "today's teenager" ........read this endearing tale and find yourself wishing it was you. Life at 3mph? Compared with how rushed we live nowadays? Yes please!
Well done Dan on bringing your memoirs to life!
Honest, pleasant, refreshing
Dan reads his own story here. This isn't a slick, studio produced thing and I needed to adjust to that. However when Igot into the style, it was like having a friend talk - very pleasant
The scenes where Dan discusses his own, needless. panics bring myself to mind
We need more of this stuff please Dan - but a full book next time
I have never had any interest in boating but I love the canals and I really enjoyed hearing about Dan's venture into canal life. I would definitely recommend it if your into the boating or the canals or mabye if you just fancy hearing something different!
yes, because the notion of living on a narrow boat is very appealing
havent read any
keep up the great work.
I adored hearing about the trials and joys of Dan, a new narrowboat owner, especially in his own voice. Quite well written, and I hope he does another book!
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