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Boating with Buster. (Coming soon) TBD4972

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Boating with Buster

The life and times of a barge Beagle

Alison Alderton

Boisterous Beagles and bothersome boats - adventures on the waterways of England, Ireland, and Europe

When life reaches crisis point, Buster, a Beagle puppy, enters Alison’s life. This, in conjunction with living on Lily, a Dutch barge, soon brought about a welcome change in fortunes. Buster’s larger-than-life escapades are colourfully portrayed in this moving book of canine companionship on the waterways of England, Ireland, and Europe.

Amidst a crisis, Alison feels life’s not worth living, but Buster, a Beagle puppy, changes everything. Acquiring Lily, a Dutch barge, Alison and her husband, Roger, head for the calmness of the inland waterways. Boating with buster, they learn plenty about boisterous Beagles and bothersome boats!

Redundancy triggers a move to Ireland where the characters are larger-than-life, and the lakes so huge they are known as inland seas. They become custodians of an historical property, partake in milestone boating events, and go ice-breaking in the coldest winter for fifty years.

A move to Europe seems to be the chance of a lifetime, but tragedy strikes when Buster develops a debilitating illness. Watching the world go by aboard Lily aids Buster’s recuperation, as they travel through The Netherlands and Germany: spending long summer days on the Mecklenburg Lakes and winter in the former Eastern bloc. Finally, crossing the Baltic Sea entering Danish home waters, and surrounded by those he loves, Buster’s days draw to an end.

Buster’s story flows through the waterways of Europe in this colourfully portrayed, moving book of canine companionship.

  • A story that will appeal to travellers, boaters and dog owners alike
  • How a Beagle turned around a life with unconditional love
  • We sold the house and bought a barge - now what?
  • Full of tips on helping a young dog adapt to life afloat
  • Buster's adventures portrayed in humorous stories and an array of colourful images
  • A moving tale interspersed with waterway-related historical facts
  • Learning to cope with faults and maintenance on board a barge
  • Adapting to an older dog with Idiopathic Immune Mediated Poly-Arthritis
  • Amazing insights into those who dare to be different in a conforming world
  • How sometimes you have to run away in order to begin to live
Alison Alderton has been a prolific freelance writer and photographer for over 15 years, mainly for Inland Waterways publications. Born and bred in West Sussex, Alison grew up on her parents farm surrounded by all manner of animals, from horses, ponies, chickens, and geese, to hamsters, rabbits, peacocks and ducks… to name just a few!
She studied Art, Design, and Photography at Worthing, before studying Creative Writing at NEC Cambridge. Alison has lived on a boat for a number of years, and has cruised extensively through the inland waterways of England, Ireland, and Europe, on her Dutch barge ‘Lily.’ She has contributed to several books, and written over 80 articles for various publications.

Format Paperback • 22x17cm • 224 pages • 100 pictures
ISBN 978-1-845849-72-6
UPC 6-36847-04972-0



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