Water Gypsies A History of Life on Britain's Rivers and Canals

Paperback (30 Apr 2021)

Save $4.61

  • RRP $19.20
  • $14.59
Add to basket

Includes delivery to the United States

10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 7 days

Publisher's Synopsis

For centuries, living afloat on Britain's waterways has been a rich part of the fabric of our social history, from the fisherfolk of ancient Britain to the bohemian houseboat dwellers of the 1950s and beyond.

Whether they have chosen to leave the land behind and take to the water or been driven there by necessity, the history of the houseboat is a unique and fascinating seam of British history.

In Water Gypsies, Julian Dutton - who was born and grew up on a houseboat - traces the evolution of boat-dwelling, from an industrial phenomenon in the heyday of the canals to the rise of life afloat as an alternative lifestyle in postwar Britain.

Drawing on personal accounts and with a beautiful collection of illustrations, Water Gypsies is both a vivid narrative of a unique way of life and a valuable addition to social history.

Book information

ISBN: 9780750995597
Publisher: The History Press
Imprint: The History Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 797.1290941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 173 , 8 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 250g
Height: 157mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 18mm