The first edition was published in 1990 by fernhurst. This is the second edition which first appeared in 1998 from fernhurst and has been reprinted in 2008 by Wiley Nautical who acquired fernhurst. It has proved a very popular guide to British inland waters and serves as the Inland Waterways Association Manual.
NAME: Canal and River Cruising, 2nd
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Sheila Davenport
PUBLISHER: Wiley Nautical
BINDING: Soft back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: inland waters, lakes, rivers,
canals, IWA, British Waterways, narrow
boats, Broads, locks
The first edition was published in 1990 by fernhurst. This is the second edition which first appeared in 1998 from fernhurst and has been reprinted in 2008 by Wiley Nautical who acquired fernhurst. It has proved a very popular guide to British inland waters and serves as the Inland Waterways Association Manual. The text is well-written and adequately describes the navigable British inland waters. It is illustrated with photographs by Una-Jane Winfield and there are some clear line drawings and maps to complete the illustration. The publisher must have had some difficulty in deciding how to present this reprint of a popular work. It is a low priced book that sells to waterway users and to a very much wider audience, including general tourists. Many readers will be young and the book is used by some teachers as a recommended course title because of the way in which inland waters and their history affects a number of subjects. As a result, any increase in price would not have been helpful to at least part of the potential new readership. Production costings do make the use of full colour beyond a cover or jacket an important factor when considering colour in a reprint or new edition. In addition, some artwork and photographic material may only be available as black and white images. The publisher has decided to employ single colour through the book and it is likely that this decision was a combination of cost factors and the time required to produce a third edition with full colour throughout. This reviewer welcomes the fact that the publisher has ensured this very useful guide continues in stock and is available without production delays. Even so, a full colour version would have been very rewarding. British inland waters are full of colour in the buildings and plants along the banks and in the highly decorated narrow boats that were built for the canal system and in the classic craft that still ply the waters. Even with that reservation of a possible lost opportunity, this book is highly recommended for its comprehensive treatment of the subject, providing all of the information required by those intending to navigate the inland waters or who are just interested in the subject and the history.