The Marina

'Well written and amusing at times, amongst the serious situation the boaters found themselves in. His way with words comes across both descriptive and detailed. A good flow throughout the book. A really enjoyable read.'

Amazon customer

Deep in the English countryside is an inland marina, home to a group of unlikely characters living on their narrowboats.


Life at Watergrove is carefree until a local land-owner decides he wants to build three luxury houses on the residents vegetable plot.


In an unaccustomed act of decisiveness the boaters decide to form a committee to fight this scourge.


Step forward Judy, a lady of physical substance, fierce determination and jocular disposition, who selflessly elects herself chairwoman.


H.Q. is the local pub and it's here that our ageing boaters raise a creaking battalion.


Judy leads our disparate band into battle, implementing a plan code-named Operation Vegetable, a harebrained scheme of doubtful focus.


The boaters find help from an ageing rock star and a TV Gardening programme. Skirmish follows skirmish until one of the boaters is severely injured and the stakes are raised.


Has the despotic land-owner, a man of few morals, driven by power and greed, finally met his match? Will the boaters look like toothless turnips or can they cajole wobbly bodies, more suited to tea-drinking than physical endeavour, to mount the barricades?


Have the boaters simply lost the plot?