By Helen Babbs
From deep wintry weather to past due autumn, from east to west, Adrift takes the reader on a journey of the folk, politics, background and natural world of London’s canals and rivers. mixing nature writing, social commentary and memoir, Helen Babbs invitations you on an eye-opening trip right into a diverse facet of town. From Walthamstow Marsh within the east to Uxbridge within the west, Helen Babbs trips alongside London’s waterways on a canal boat referred to as Pike, placing down roots for 2 weeks at a time earlier than relocating on. Taking within the River Lea and the Lee Navigation, the Regent’s Canal and the Grand Union, she explores the London panorama in all its guises: marshland, desolate tract, urban centre and suburb. Adrift charts a yr of Helen’s existence on Pike, exploring the adjustments wreaked by way of the seasons in addition to by means of builders, and recounting the sensible trials of residing aboard. it's a tale of mapping and discovery, of break out and opting out, but additionally of creating connections and discovering domestic. simply because the coots and cormorants avert the detritus of a giant urban, so too does Helen wend throughout the good looks and the airborne dirt and dust to bare an intimate and weird portrait of London and of existence.
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Adrift: A Secret Life of London's Waterways by Helen Babbs