Reading on the River
Rivers: they run through caverns measureless to man, they just keep rollin' along and wherever they're going, we're going their way. Those dynamic ribbons of water have provided inspiration to many a writer, so here's a selection of fluvial fiction and non-fiction. Witness the last days of an idyllic river valley in Haweswater, discover the mixed blessings of a riverfront location in A House by the Thames or let Agatha Christie entertain you with a good, old-fashioned Death on the Nile.
A frog's eye view of Britain, as Deakin swims its rivers, lakes and other waterways; an exquisite classic of British natural history.
Takes us on a journey out of London along the banks of the River Thames to discover the secrets and stories of England's most famous waterway. Illustrated with line drawings...
Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilisation and takes the family to live in the Honduran...
John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island...
Using conversations with people who live and work on the River Dart in Devon as a poetic census, Alice Oswald creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from...
This visually stunning and often unexpected look at the iconic landscapes, beautiful scenery and secret places alongside London's waterways is packed with fabulous photography and fascinating information, giving readers a...
Tells the biography of the river, from sea to source. Exploring its history from prehistoric times to the present day, this book helps reader learn about the fishes that swim...
The Thames runs through Downriver like an open wound, draining the pain and filth of London and its mercurial inhabitants. Commissioned to document the shifting embankments of industry and rampant...
The author set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots with the idea of recreating H M Stanley's...
Joseph Conrad; Tim Butcher
The silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming. Life on the river is brutal and unknown threats lurk in the darkness. Marlow's decision to...
Agatha Christie's most exotic murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
Just across the River Thames from St Paul's Cathedral stands an old house. Built in the days of Queen Anne, it stands in the footprint of a far older habitation...
Penelope Fitzgerald's Booker Prize-winning novel set among the houseboat community of the Thames.
Jeff Barrett; Robin Turner; Andrew...
From the Thames to the Telford, the Wear to the Wellsbourne; from canoe adventures to ice-skating, from angling to day-dreaming, this work offers a fresh take on nature writing.
Jerome K. Jerome; Vic Reeves
What could be more relaxing than a refreshing holiday on the river with your two best friends and faithful canine companion, Montmorency? However, as J discovers, there is more to...
A novel which is both playful and serious, hilarious and melancholy. It takes a journey which starts at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin statue in Washington Square, San Francisco...