One Man and a Narrowboat

Slowing Down Time on England’s Waterways

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 6 April 2009
  • ISBN: 9781840247367

About the book

If I’d really been serious about getting to grips with my mid-life crisis, then I’d have been better opting for a course of therapy than going off travelling. Or if I had to travel, I’d have been better opting for somewhere warm with a beach…

In an attempt to get to grips with a BIG birthday, Steve sets out from Oxford to explore what makes the English… well, so English. His quirky humour is inspired by Tom Rolt, who took to the canals on a similar journey immortalised in the book ‘Narrow Boat’, kick-starting the revival of Britain’s waterways. Prepare for a generous helping of mayhem, mishaps and the staple of every English summer: torrential rain. First published as ‘Fruit Flies Like a Banana’ this revised edition with new material is published to coincide with the 70-year anniversary of Tom Rolt’s own classic trip.

About the author

Steve Haywood is an award-winning TV producer and has worked on programmes such as Newsnight, Panorama and Rough Justice. Based in London, he writes a lively, provocative column for Canal Boat magazine.


'Good reading for anyone interested in our waterways and who likes a good tale.'

Towpath Talk

'A quirky look at the nation's canals…. It's quite a cruise and not just for canal enthusiasts.'

Powys County Times and Express Series

'Entertaining travelogue recounts a journey he made from Oxford to Bristol via Tewkesbury, complete with mayhem, mishaps and torrential rain.'

The Independent on Sunday