Narrow Boat (first published in 1944, and never out of print since) is Tom Rolt's wonderful tale of the 400-mile voyage in narrow boat Cressy through the canals of the Midlands in 1939-40. The book tells how Rolt and his wife adapted Cressy as their home, and recalls their long journey and the boatmen and craft they met along the way. Narrow Boat is a beautifully written, classic elegy for a world now lost to us. It was greeted with great enthusiasm on its publication just before the end of WW2 and led to the formation of the Inland Waterways Association in 1946, and so to the rescue of many of Britain's canals.
This page has the hardback version of the book for sale. A paperback edition is also available.