Hope floats

THE BOOKSHOP THAT FLOATED AWAY

BY SARAH HENSHAW

Five years ago Sarah Henshaw asked her bank manager for a £30,000 loan to open an extraordinary bookshop on a barge. The strange business plan the suits were presented with promptly sunk. But thanks to support from her nearest and dearest The Book Barge opened six months later and had soon grown a loyal customer base of happy readers.

However, the cash register didn’t keep ringing for long so she took to the waterways, cruising the length and breadth of the country in search of the great book-buying public. Some books were bought and others were bartered for Victoria Sponge, a bed for the night or a much-needed use of the facilities! This is the tale of the many characters and hurdles (well, locks) she encountered along the way. Continue reading

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