Word on the Water


If there’s one word I’d use to describe ‘Word on the Water’, it would be charming. There’s something incredibly magical in the simple idea of combining a canal barge with a book shop. You look at the barge and go wow, it’s quaint, eccentric, and oozes character. Like Herbie the Love Bug, you can’t help but think that it’s alive. You can just picture this beautiful rickety barge in a fantastical story and yet here it is in dull old reality beckoning you to partake in a literary reprieve. It’s not complicated, and one could just write it off as another bookshop with a gimmick. But as a frame for emphasising the wonders and endless possibilities that reading has to offer, I think it is hard to deny that it’s perfect. If I had children this is the first bookshop I would want to take them to. I’m really glad I dropped by this charming bookshop today. I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to visit this place but given that it’s so close to some big attractions, platform nine and three quarters anyone, I can find no reason why you shouldn’t swing by. On a sunny day it is truly sublime.

I’m completely exhausted after a most hectic day, so I’m afraid to say that I’ll just let the photo’s do the rest of the talking for me today.









17 thoughts on “Word on the Water”

    1. It’s always fantastic when you instantly find a book that takes your fancy. In an odd coincidence I also got a Jasper Fforde book recently (The Eyre Affair), I haven’t got round to reading it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m a big fan of Pratchett and Rankin, and the blurb on the back suggest that while it will have a style all of its own it will be humorously playful with reality, which in my book is always a good thing 🙂


  1. There was a British bookshop on a barge last year in Charleville harbour. It was a tiny barge and I never saw it open though I saw the owner having breakfast on the tiny prow. I wonder how such a tiny boat can cross the channel ?

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  2. Ummm ….. I’m feeling all calm and mellow just reading your words and looking at the pictures. I now feel an urgent need to visit some of the bookshops near me in Derbyshire. And perhaps buy another bookcase!


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