A Week On The Broads by S.K. Baker (Hardback) - S. K. Baker

A Week On The Broads by S.K. Baker (Hardback) - S. K. Baker

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A Week On The Broads: four Victorian gents at sail on a Norfolk Gaffer in 1889 by S.K. Baker

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A Week On The Broads: four Victorian gents at sail on a Norfolk Gaffer in 1889 by S.K. Baker

This is unusual territory for Adlard Coles, best known as the publisher of several dependable nautical almanacs. Having seen some of the page spreads I’d echo the publisher’s advance information (below) and say this book is entirely charming:

During their university holidays in the late 1880s, S.K. Baker and three of his University College friends clad in stripy blazers and boaters spent time sailing and camping on the Norfolk Broads. Baker, a keen artist and diarist, recorded their travels in watercolour in two small leather bound books. The result is an entirely charming, funny account along the lines of the legendary Three Men in a Boat with which the notebooks are entirely contemporaneous although the protagonists are younger and possibly naughtier. Baker records their evenings in the pub, their encounters with girls, (both ashore and afloat), nude swimming and culinary disasters, while recording lovingly the landscape and the boats on which they sailed. The notebook is published as a facsimile with an introduction by Michael Goffe, the son of one of Baker's fellow students, to whom it was gifted.

This is a facsimile of the original edition and all the more fetching for that. There’s an equally winsome companion volume, Camping On The Wye, from the same author and publisher, but A Week On The Broads is obviously the one to get our pulses racing round these parts.

Pubisher: Adlard Coles
ISBN: 9781472945136

During their university holidays in the late 1880s, S.K. Baker and three of his University College friends clad in stripy blazers and boaters spent time sailing and camping on the Norfolk Broads. Baker, a keen artist and diarist, recorded their travels in watercolour in two small leather bound books. The result is an entirely charming, funny account along the lines of the legendary Three Men in a Boat with which the notebooks are entirely contemporaneous although the protagonists are younger and possibly naughtier. Baker records their evenings in the pub, their encounters with girls, (both ashore and afloat), nude swimming and culinary disasters, while recording lovingly the landscape and the boats on which they sailed. The notebook is published as a facsimile with an introduction by Michael Goffe, the son of one of Baker's fellow students, to whom it was gifted.

About the Author

S. K. Baker was a student at University College, London in the late 1880s but little is known of his later life. Michael Goffe, the owner of the books, is a descendant of one of S.K. Baker's fellow travellers.

Contributors:
S. K. Baker, Michael Goffe
Imprint:
Adlard Coles Nautical
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Release Date:
10 Aug 2017
Number of Pages:
96
Binding:
Hardback
ISBN13:
9781472945136

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