I read this e-book in one sitting, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Having gone through similar trials and tribulations on my own barge in Holland, I can so easily relate to the heart stopping fear Dan experienced when things went wrong in his early days. In many respects, I am envious as Dan was able to experiment more than I dare to as I live on very busy commercial waterways, but I really loved reading about his long journey home having never stepped on board a boat before. I also enjoyed reading about how he grew into this boating life and made it his own. A lovely heartwarming story. Like the other reviewer who mentioned it, he would have got five stars if it had been professionally edited.
I enjoyed every word of this book. I've followed Dan Brown's videos on and off for a long time so my enjoyment of the book was enhanced by his familiar "voice". I believe he is an excellent nature writer and when I read through some of his descriptions, his writing reminded me of Roger Deakin and his wonderful book "Waterlog". Dan's work will be a body of work to read and enjoy for a long time to come. I've loaded some of his short stories to my Kindle and they are on the top of my TBR (to be read) pile.
After watching a few of his videos I decided to give his first book a try. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. The way he tells of both the high points and low points of his adventure with an attitude that makes every event an enjoyable lesson makes this a great read.
I read the entire book in one setting and I will be purchasing the rest of them. I purchased my own 10 x 28 old 1972 tank of a boat in June of 2012 so I share this period with Dan. I turned it into a houseboat and explored all over our large lake in Arkansas. I wish we had something like the canals of the UK here in the United States.
Dan writes with such honesty that your heart squeezes for him when he's describing his trials and difficult moments. He is mature enough to have recognised how Immature he was when he lived in the family home and also when he was faced with his first few difficulties. It took me back to my own youth and the combination of feelings you have as a young adult. On the one hand you're all grown up and "know everything" and on the other you're a frightened child. He seems such a lovely lad. I hope his parents are proud of him, I know I would be! I hope we meet up one day "on the cut".
This is an excellent depiction of life lived on a boat in general, and in this case on an English canal. The young gentleman has chosen to live a minimalist life style, similar to that of Thoreau at Walden Pond.
This is a wonderful little book written by a young man who's experiencing his dream. Despite the flaws that other readers have pointed out, it's an honest straightforward and delightfully honest read. He's an innocent discoverer of life. It's a quality all of us should have. This is a refreshing, easy read.