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June 12, 2014, 12:01 p.m.
The Book Barge

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The Book Barge

Books on a boat? Sounds great. Books on a barge that roams the inland waterways of the U.K.? Oh gosh, yes. That's what you'll find when you visit The Book Barge, a 60-foot canal boat bookshop, moored in Staffordshire and operated by Sarah Henshaw. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, Henshaw says, “We hope to promote a less hurried and harried lifestyle of idle pleasures, cups of tea, conversation, culture and, of course, curling up with an incomparably good Book Barge purchase. I hoped that by creating a unique retail space, customers would realise how independent bookshops can offer a far more pleasurable shopping experience than they're likely to find online or on the discount shelves at supermarkets.” To which we say, “amen and ahoy!"