Monday, 22 December 2014

HARBOUR WAYS by Valerie Poore

5 out of 5 stars

Non Fiction, Memoir, Barge Life

Originally posted on Amazon UK HERE on 21 March 2014

I think Val Poore is what I call a 'natural writer', in the same way as people like Bill Bryson; she writes about everyday activities and makes them interesting and amusing. This is an innate talent, it's not something you can learn in a creative writing class. I followed the installation of the bathroom on her barge with great interest!

This book is a fascinating glimpse into the life of 'liggers', barge dwellers in Rotterdam. It's a lifestyle I envy, and I adored reading about every bit of it. I'm so glad there were photos in this book, they really added to it as I could see the progression Val was making with her barge (I'm not going to name it right now because it would mean looking up how to spell it!). I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes reading factual accounts of different ways of life, or to those with a particular interest in a watery life - but read her other book, Watery Ways, first, as it will make this one mean more. Loved it, absolutely loved it!

Watery Ways by Val Poore reviewed HERE

African Ways by Val Poore reviewed HERE


  1. Lovely review, Terry - right on the button. Irresistible book by an irresistible author!

    1. Oh yes, and your remark is right on the button, too! If you haven't, do read African Ways, it's even better!