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ISBN: 9780857041906
AUTHOR: Gerry Miles
The Boating Holiday
The Boating Holiday
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The author Gerry Miles has already established himself as a significant landscape artist working from his home in South Devon. His paintings of the regionís beautiful countryside and coastline are much in demand, while his book The South Hams Coast, a unique combination of landscape paintings and guided walks, has been reprinted after continuing demand.

In The Boating Holiday, Gerry has turned his expert hand to writing and illustrating a childrenís story based loosely on his personal experiences holidaying with his own grandchildren. It is a book he hopes will be read by parents and grandparents to their own children and grandchildren, although it will be equally enjoyed by children reading alone. It follows the adventures of young Rufus and his spaniel Barney, along with Granddad who hires a smart riverboat for a journey into the countryside. These three explorers have a lot to learn and the scrapes they get into and the people they meet add up to an exciting week on the river.

The colour illustrations are based upon the beautiful countryside surrounding the River Nene in Northamptonshire. This river with its unique guillotine locks wends its way through lush meadows surrounded by wooded hills. Its banks are lined with old watermills and it links historic towns and villages, where churches, houses and cottages are built from natural weathered stone. It forms a perfect backdrop for the boating adventures of the three intrepid explorers.

Recommended for 8-12 year olds, The Boating Holiday is a humorous and gentle tale, refreshingly told, and with superb illustrations that bring the story to life.

Gerry Miles is an accomplished landscape painter who shares his time between his family home in The Netherlands and his retreat in Hope Cove, South Devon. His paintings of the South Hams capture the essence of this area of outstanding natural beauty, while his skill in reproducing figure work is seen in the wonderfully lively illustrations he has made to accompany his childrenís story.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 190 6, hardback, 210x297mm, 104 pages. Published October 2012.

The South Hams CoastThe South Hams Coast - £24.99
An ambitious project by landscape painter Gerry Miles to develop a comprehensive illustrated guide to this treasured heritage coast and its wonderful river estuaries has resulted in a unique and extraordinary book, that for the first time combines an artistís personal impressions with colourful aerial views and maps of 18 circular walks.
Web Price: £12.99
15.06 EUR 16.24 USD 21.28 AUD

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