Spalding bookshop’s choice for a good read

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Bookmark of Spalding has selected Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant and David Bartley as its book of the week.

There is something very British in the way we cherish the canals.

Criss-crossing our small island are more than three thousand miles of canals, which pass through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful landscapes in the world and reveal the fascinating story of our country’s past.

Barging round Britain explores both the canals and their contribution to our history – from Josiah Wedgwood’s need to transport fragile bone china, to engineer James Brindley’s visionary solutions to the geological obstacles in his path.

Barging Round Britain by David Bartley is a beautifully-illustrated guide to a unique and fascinating part of our history: the canal network. This book explores the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today. Fully-illustrated with maps and photographs, the book will trace canal routes across the UK, from the Georgian grandeur of Bath to the dramatic splendour of the Scottish Highlands. David Bartley’s Barging Round Britain includes a foreword and chapter introductions by the presenter of the TV series, John Sergeant.

The book retails for £9.99 but there is a 20 per cent discount voucher in the Spalding Guardian of February 4.