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New edition for River Thames guide

New edition for River Thames guide

James Preston

New edition for River Thames guide
Chris Cove-Smith

A popular guide to the River Thames for boat enthusiasts, walkers and anglers has been published in a revised edition.

The River Thames Book is the work of Chris Cove-Smith, of Palmers Close, Cox Green, who has continued to provide updates and additional information in the 16 years since it was first published in 1996.

Chris, who used to work in banking, has had a long association with the river since he moved to the area in the late 1960s.

He has worked at a number of locks along the river and skippering with Salters Steamers in Marlow.

The 77-year-old acted as a consulting editor on an annual guide, called the Thames Book, until it ceased publication in the early 1990s but was asked to start work on a replacement.

After three years of research and consultation with river authorities and lock keepers, Chris produced the first River Thames Book and has continued to update it about once every three years.

The sixth edition, which was completed in the Spring, has incorporated suggestions from readers of previous versions and includes up-to-date information on the river and the surrounding area.

Chris said: "It's something that's very countrified and it represents England."

The book is priced at £9.95 and is available online or from boatyards and bookshops.

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