This book, "For Better, For Worse" by Damian and his wife Siobhan (Shiv) Horner, is well worth a read for anyone examining the nomadic spirit potential in us all.
Damian and Shiv and their two nipper children, India and Noah, take their river boat, Friendship, down the French Canal system right down to the Med.
The writing reads like a diary with entries from Damian and Shiv alternating - so it's interesting to read how each partner summarise an event at the end of the day.
What's particularly interesting is how the two of them change during the course of the adventure. Damian, a hard nosed advertising executive starts to relax and appreciate the significance of being a father. Shiv learns the importance of letting go of the full-time mother role and letting Damian take charge of the kids. She also shows considerable strength and quick thinking during times of crisis. For instance when the boat Friendship breaks a leak she shoves towels into Damian's hands to plug the hole.
They almost don't make it - but I won't go into details as this may spoil the book for anyone thinking of buying it.
They have a website that you can use while reading the book
For Better, For Worse
You have to admire the bravery of this family. To have given up the good job and nice house to live in a small boat sailing through a foreign country must have taken a great deal of self assurance. Having worked briefly in the advertising business myself I understand the dog eat dog environment Damian had been living. This adventure which this family completed really did change their whole outlook on life and it became apparent that a return to the old life would not be possible.
I got this book from WH Smith for £7.99.