• The Bookshop That Floated Away

The Bookshop That Floated Away

The Bookshop That Floated Away

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  • Author
    Sarah Henshaw
  • Publisher
    Hachette Uk
  • Publication date
    03 April 2014

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    The Bookshop That Floated Away

  • Author

    Sarah Henshaw

  • Date Published

    03 April 2014

  • Publisher

    Hachette Uk

  • Pages

    272 pages

  • ISBN

    9781472109392

Book Description

In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archaic quotes about Cleopatra's barge. It asked for a £30,000 loan to buy a black-and-cream narrowboat and a small hoard of books. The manager said no. Nevertheless The Book Barge opened six months later and enjoyed the happy patronage of local readers, a growing number of eccentrics and the odd moorhen.

Business wasn't always easy, so one May morning owner Sarah Henshaw set off for six months chugging the length and breadth of the country. Books were bartered for food, accommodation, bathroom facilities and cake. During the journey, the barge suffered a flooded engine, went out to sea, got banned from Bristol and, on several occasions, floated away altogether. This account follows the ebbs and flows of Sarah's journey as she sought to make her vision of a floating bookshop a reality.

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