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The Worst Journey in the Midlands: One Man, a Boat and the British Weather

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This text chronicles Sam Llewellyn's journey form Llandiloes on the River Severn down through the canals of the Midlands to London. He and his open rowing-boat, the Magdalen, travelled through Worcester, Oxford and the suburbs during the wettest October on record. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Summersdale Publishers
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Bruce Cline
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Worst Journey in the Midlands: One man, His Boat and the Weather, by Sam Llewellyn (pp 224). This book is a delightful waterborne solo romp from Wales to London aboard a barely seaworthy (canal worthy?) row boat that the author inexplicably salvaged expressly for this trip. The humorous description of his journey is quite humorous, and no less so because I have no knowledge of lock-infested canal travel, row boat etiquette, much of his English vocabulary, canal-side customs, small village mo ...more
Judi Fruen
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a disaster travelogue. This was well written, funny, and I didn't want to punch the narrator too often. ...more
Pete
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about rowing.
Which turns out to be a good topic for a book. The author renovates a dilapidated rowing boat and proceeds to row it across a significant section of the UK to london.
It rains a lot, and he travels through some of the less lovely parts of the UK on the way, however the writing is like his novels, clean, flowing and keeps the story moving.
There is a combination of travel writing, boaty stuff (although limited to a rowing boat on a canal...) and general observations of
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Susan
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Llewellyn sets out to navigate the Severn river in its entirety--from its springs in the Welsh hills, through the Midlands, and to the Thames and a docking in London. His old wooden boat is only notionally sea-worthy, and his trip takes him through some inhospitable areas. Nor does the weather cooperate--it rains and rains. I wouldn't want to make the journey, but Llewellyn makes it a joy to read about. ...more
Fiona
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some nuggets of history and humour here but not enough to make me glad I read the book. I haven't read anything else by this author but was puzzled by his constant antipathy towards the Midlands as his theme. ...more
Marie-helene
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little gem of a book. I like reading it from time to time and it is one of my comfort books at home. Initially bought it after reading The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow by A.J McKinnon where it was mentioned. I love anything about boat trips on canals, especially in the British Isles!
Michaela
Humorous account of rowboat trip from Wales to London. Would give extra half star for laughter.
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