Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Book Barge




The narrowboat – a 57′ cruiser stern – was purchased in February 2009 as a part-finished houseboat complete with power shower, barbecue stand and a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil. The transformation from living space to commercial venture was completed in three months with the help of family and friends. It is currently moored along the main shopping promenade at Barton Marina where the 42 hp engine and impressive pair of bow thrusters occasionally groan under the weight of hardback Solzhenitsyn anthologies. Or Babar the Elephant. The bookshop comprises a mix of new and secondhand fiction that tries to reflect the very best of contemporary, classic and children’s literature. Books have been carefully selected to offer a quality alternative to high street bestseller lists including, among others, specialist sections exploring topical issues, titular oddities and travel ephemera... we hope to promote a less hurried and harried lifestyle of idle pleasures, cups of tea, conversation, culture and, of course, curling up with an incomparably good Book Barge purchase…
The Book Barge
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