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The Floating Bookshop

By Raghavmodi @raghavmodi

The Floating Bookshop

The Book Barge - Very Welcoming!


Charming, isn’t it? A canal boat filled with words. In fact charming does not do justice to the Book Barge or its owner Sarah. Having owned the Book Barge now for almost two years, Sarah is out on a journey that will take her through the “waterways of Britain” over the next six months.

The Floating Bookshop

Sarah in her literary abode


So, what is it all about? It’s about being an independent bookseller. It’s about having a novelty product and making the most of it. It’s about having an ingenious plan and actually going for it. It’s also about commitment, considering Sarah learnt how to steer the boat only a month back.

The Floating Bookshop

Book, books...


The Floating Bookshop

...and more books.


And, what’s the whole deal about it?Glad you asked. For the six month journey all that The Book Barge will rely on is “bartering stock for food, accommodation and other necessities along the way”. I told you it was ingenious. It’s almost a back-to-the-basics kind of a lifestyle that I wish I could adopt. Obviously it will run like a normal bookshop as well.  

The Floating Bookshop

Sarah is quite a typewriter enthusiast



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Another classic piece aboard The Book Barge


What is it that you can do about it?
Simply keep a look out for The Book Barge in your neighborhood. Drop in and enter a delightful world filled with small knick knacks (antique typewriters, sewing machine, old suitcases) gently swaying while browsing a book collection comprising of “classic, contemporary, and children’s fiction”. You can buy a book, or maybe exchange one of yours. You can sit down and have a read over a free cup of tea and most importantly just pass the word about The Book Barge to others.

The Floating Bookshop

Quite the host!


The Floating Bookshop

Books and knick-knacks blending beautiflully


I visited The Book Barge in Birmingham, but I fear that by the time locals read this it might have moved on. But, you never know where it is now, so make sure you keep up-to-date with this wondrous journey via @thebookbarge on Twitter or visit their website The Book Barge

The Floating Bookshop

Make sure you are not in a hurry... Sit Down... Relax!



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