A Secret Life of London’s Waterways
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Journeying along London’s waterways on a canal boat called Pike, Helen Babbs puts down roots for two weeks at a time before moving on. From Walthamstow Marsh in the east to Uxbridge in the west, she explores the landscape in all its guises: marshland, wasteland, city centre and suburb.
From deep winter to late autumn, Babbs explores the people, politics, history and wildlife of the canals and rivers, to reveal an intimate and unusual portrait of London – and of life.
Helen Babbs is a writer and journalist. Her work has been published by the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, New Statesman and Time Out, among others. Helen’s first book – My Garden, the City and Me, about urban nature and the glory of growing things – was published in 2011 and nominated for two garden writing awards.
‘A compelling exploration of river living’
‘A treat … Babbs’s effortless prose is tight and lyrical, moseying along at a calm, steady pace, but there are moments both barbed and cutting … A serious and fascinating book’
‘Chapter after chapter of utterly captivating prose’