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An inspiring memoir which will stay with me.

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-19

I listened to this audiobook in one sitting, charmed by the honesty and self-depricating humour of the author/narrator. On a basic level it's the story of his first few months living on a narrow boat - but it's also so much more; a guide to overcomming your doubts in order to fulfill a dream, a social commentary about our current housing crisis, a journal of nature and the changing seasons, and an inspiring tale of what can be achieved with dedication and tenacity. Highly recommended.

Compelling Listening

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-13

Five star audio books come along so infrequently that I felt I needed to review this one. This story is so compelling that I have been unable to walk away, listening to it in less than 24 hours.

To simplify it is to say that it is about depression, tragedy, bullying and one family's inability to communicate – which makes it all sound very bleak. But among the tragedy it is chock full of hope, with beautiful observations of human nature as we bump and jostle one another whilst trying to make meaningful connections, fail and still go on to try again.

It is sad, and it did make me cry as I listened. It doesn't pretend to give any easy answers to the individual personal tragedies of the protagonists, but, in the end, it does offer a quiet form of unity between them and a way forward for them all.

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