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By Haddenham Webteam - 21st July 2021 12:00pm
Haddenham resident and prolific author, Martin Andrew, has just published another book. Read all about it here.
Fans of CS Forester's novels — especially Flying Colours — and Ioan Gruffudd's portrayal of Horatio Hornblower will be in their element with this engaging true-life tale of a jaunt down the rivers Severn and Loire, the first a trial run and the latter a re-enactment of Hornblower's escape from the French in 1811.
Armed with imagination, determination and enough muscle to power their ten-foot aluminium rowing boat (with Red Duster at the stern and French Tricolore at the prow), author Martin Andrew and his oldest friend, Richard, first undertake a training voyage from Wales to Deerhurst, revelling in the bridges of another of their heroes, the great Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, along the way.
Buildwas and Worcester are visited, the ghosts of the Darbys of Coalbrookdale accompany them, Ironbridge provides an overnight stop, and homage is paid to Paddy Leigh Fermor at Dumbleton.
Training completed, the tale moves to France, to the start point near Nevers, from where Hornblower himself set off. Historic towns and châteaux, a feast of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, impressive bridges and a wealth of fish and birdlife punctuate the account of a journey which is not without incident, 'involuntary dips' and the theft of their trusty boat adding a touch of drama to this true-life peregrination.
Two Men in a Boat Rowing Two Rivers has all the makings of a classic. Watery it may be, but colourless it is not!
About the author:
Martin Andrew is a travel writer and architectural historian who trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in the 1970s and has lived in Haddenham since 1978. He now has over fifty books to his name, ranging from Discovering the English Lowlands (1991) to Roaming Midsomer (2016) with Buckinghamshire Privies (1998) and Collins Ramblers Guide: Chilterns and Ridgeway (2001) and many others in between.
He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and has had many articles published in newspapers and magazines such as The Great Outdoors. Although much of his writing focuses on walking, he has also produced numerous topographical books, academic articles and is a regular contributor to the Haddenham Chronicles.
Two Men in a Boat Rowing Two Rivers by Haddenham author Martin Andrew was published on 4th June 2021 by Journey Books in hardback ISBN No 9781784779986 and costs £14.99