Our Great Canal Journeys : A Lifetime of Memories on Britain’s Most Beautiful Waterways
by Timothy West
Editor: John Blake Publishing Ltd
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For over half a century, a shared love of canals and barges has been inseparable since the marriage of Timothy West and Prunella ScalesThe two emblematic actors spent many of the most beautiful days of their lives together enjoying the calm and pleasures of observing the earth and nature unfolding in front of them, at four miles an hour.In 2014, Tim and Pru took the canals of Britain and beyond with a crew of television and a brief to record their best loved excursions along the most beautiful of the waterways they could findFew has anyone guess that their apparently light travel account, and the story of their lives it revealed, to move beyond the program of the sweetness of the facade, to become something totally more powerfulFrom the outset, reflection of the nuances of life’s later possibilities, and the realities of Prunella dementia, struck a chord with viewers across the countryNow in its seventh in the series, the show has been described as “beautiful and meditative” by the Guardian, “touching” by the Independents and “a hymn to the possibility of the end of life” by the Telegraph, there is no better, nor more to reflection, travel account on British televisionIn this beautifully presented book, Timothy West tells the story of the couple’s life and travelsIllustrated with beautiful photos of Our Grand Canal Voyages tells of their legendary career as actors during the recording of their remarkable journeys throughout the world most picturesque waterwaysBeyond this, however, he sensitively explores the trials, but also the joys, of aging, and how Prunella’s struggle with dementia has changed so much, and yet failed to change, their lives togetherIn turn funny and poignant, Our Grand Canal de Voyages is both a beautiful observed ode to a unique magical method of traveling around the world, and in an atmosphere of meditation on love, learning and life.
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