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Afloat: A Memoir

Afloat: A Memoir (Hardback)

By Couchman, Danie

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The inspiring story of a twenty-something's girl's life on a London houseboat.

ISBN 9781787133488
Barcode 9781787133488
Published 10 June 2019 by Quadrille Publishing Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781787133488
ISBN-10 1787133486
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Quadrille Publishing Ltd
Imprint Quadrille Publishing Ltd
Publication Date 10 June 2019
International Publication Date 18 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Couchman, Danie
Category Biography & Autobiography
Narrowboats & Canals
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 460g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Boat living - England - London
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 643.2092
Catalogue Code 972272

Description of this Book

On sunny summer's evening, we've all strolled along a London canal path, admiring the beautiful narrowboats that throng the banks, and idly dreamed of living in one. But what is it really like? What happens in winter (hint: you get used to ice inside as well as out). What does it take, to navigate locks, repair gunnels, steer a craft that can be up to 72 feet long but only ever 6 foot wide? Danie Couchman has spent the last few years of her 20s living alone on a canalboat in London, moving moorings every two weeks. The decision to do so was swift and instinctive: having grown up in a fractured army family and then in a series of shared houses, she never found a place that felt like home. The water called to her in a way nothing had before. As she would soon learn, a watery abode carries all kinds of new dangers, and the pull of the past is as sure as the pull of a current. But the water also carries friends and a sense of kinship and community which is fast-disappearing in our increasingly screen-led, urban existence. Slow down and walk along the canal bank. You never know what you might find...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Afloat makes it clear that we must all stop to appreciate the simplicity of life in the urban landscape of London's waterways.' -- George Burton * BBC Radio London * '[A] candid account covering five years afloat. It includes detail of her life beyond and before the towpath, including the trauma of an abusive relationship as a teen. Couchman captures all the exuberance of being 20-something on the city's waterways, but without ever overselling the lifestyle.' * Waterways World *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Danie Couchman is a writer, broadcaster and wanderer. She studied journalism in Nottingham and has since worked in an eclectic variety of roles, from a local radio reporter to the voice of MTV's Official Top 40. She currently works as a voice over artist and her writing has been published in Waterfront and The Simple Things magazines. Danie has lived in four countries, seventeen houses and three boats. She enjoys wild swimming, cooking, and adventures with her dog Mango. She is soon to be settling on land close to the sea in Devon. Afloat is her first book.

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