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Ramlin Rose: The Boatwoman's Story
From the turn of the century to the late 1950s, horse-drawn narrow boats were a familiar sight on Britain's canals. Carrying a wide variety of cargoes to such destinations as the Potteries, the textile mills of Lancashire, the papermills of London, the colleges of Oxford, they struggled on against increasing competition from rail and road traffic to maintain their place in...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published December 31st 1993 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1993)
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Jul 08, 2013 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars · review of another edition
It's so disappointing that the author decided to make a fictional account out of many real-life anecdotes and stories about lives lived upon the canal. When I chose this book I was hoping it would be akin to a mass observation volume. I envisioned sections detailing women's life experiences living and working on a narrowboat trawling the canals of the country. In actual fact this has been written as the fictional life story of a character but includes transcribed anecdotes and stories gathered f...more
This is a book which never fails to touch the heart, no matter how often I read it. I have to confess to having shed a tear at the account of this incredibly hard working woman who has a child taken away by social services simply because she is illiterate and lives and works on a barge. That she did not know her husband's proper name until the day she buried him, is another tear jerker. Many people still equate the folks who live and work the narrow boats with the travelling community or the fai...more
I loved this book about life on an English narrowboat in the first half of the twentieth century. It was a brutal life by our cushy standards today but rich and fulfilling for the hardworking people in their tight community as they hauled goods along the canals. The language made it a bit difficult, but well worth it, as this book gives a great glimpse into a vanished way of life.