Jim James was born on the canal in the 1940s during a time where there was still commercial carrying. His life from his earliestrecollections was heling his parents work the boats. He couldn't read or writeor add up, having had little or no schooling. To make up for his lack of academic learning, he had a photographic memory and recognised letters of the alphabetand also numbers but was unable to put them together to read or add up.
Jim tells his own story of how he managed to overcome all these difficulties, to have a family and a job where he didn't have to read or write.