Duncan Steer, host of the Radio Days Book Club podcast, talks to comedian and impressionist Julian Dutton about his new book Water Gypsies, in which he recounts his childhood in Sixties London, living on a river boat and how his family were compelled to learn to dance as a result.
Julian Dutton was born and raised on a houseboat, moored on the Thames at Chelsea. In a Saturday morning tour de force of social history and showbiz tales, Julian discusses Water Gypsies, his new book on the history of Britain’s river-dwellers, from the hardmen of canalmania to post-War bohemians – and throws in a few brilliant impressions – John Le Mesurier, Terry-Thomas and, well, Wallace and Gromit’s Peter Sallis as Adolf Hitler – along the way.
Water Gypsies: A History of Life on Britain’s Rivers and Canals by Julian Dutton
Water Gypsies is available through Amazon and all good book stores priced £14.99 (paperback) or through Apple Books as an e-book priced £9.99. Water Gypsies is published by The History Press.