Book Review What happens when there’s a boisterous (but lovable) beagle, a Dutch barge, an adventurous couple all together on the waterways of Northern Europe to Scandinavia… (and more!)? FUN! But also a heartwarming, eye-brow-raising story! Not only a beautiful story, but a beautiful book, with fantastic colour photos that put you right onboard their barge Lily with them! Boating with Buster by Alison Alderton is about canines, cruising, and companionship throughout all life’s ups and downs. A different kind of road story, Boating with Buster introduces us to Alison Alderton’s world of boisterous Beagles and bothersome boats. It follows Alison, her husband and their Beagle on their adventures through England, Ireland and Northern Europe as far north as Scandinavia – no mean feat in their small Dutch barge called Lily! Bringing humour, tragedy and mishaps a-plenty, this unforgettable story demonstrates both Alison and Buster’s sheer love for boating. Alison has regularly contributed articles and photographs to inland waterways publications and she and her dog are well-known in that field. “I had no idea that when my husband and I purchased Lily, our Dutch barge, that she would carry us so far,” says Alison. “From the English canals and Ireland’s great lakes, to some of the largest rivers in Europe and busiest shipping lanes in the world to reach Scandinavia and, always at the helm by our sides was our Admiral, Buster the barge Beagle.” This shared joy ripples through the memoir in both the text and the colour photographs of Alison and Admiral Buster’s journeys across Europe. From beautifully painted traditional narrowboats to great hefty commercial barges, Lily rubs shoulders with many different vessels. It’s another world in which Alison and
Written by women for women on the water and their families.