MatildaJayne the book following our journey on Amazon! 

Another awesome review on Amazon

Awesome write up by @lmcollege Lancaster and Morecambe college

Very proud to have been asked by Lancashire Council to do a book signing at their Morecambe library, Friday 8th March between 12-1.30 p.m.

Just a few of the lovely book reviews on Amazon:

Somehow this book managed to make me feel part of this idiosyncratic family. I never saw the television programme that included Billy’s work on their narrowboat but this little book does more than enough to share the magic moments.

Rona House

I received this incredible read Wednesday and couldn’t wait to read it after seeing the family and the amazing work Billy did on the narrow boat they bought. Well I read it in an hour and truly found it humbling, funny, inspirational and totally blown away by the talent Billy has at such a young age. In the face of adversity and never gives up and will be a major success if life I have absolutely no doubt about. I can’t wait for another book to be published following Billys next dream and project. Thoroughly recommend the book

Mrs Seymour

I read the whole book in one sitting. It’s heartwarming, a story of triumph over adversity. Billy is a very talented young man and an excellent example of how home education can change lives. I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in tiny homes, narrowboats, self building etc.atildaJayne Book review:

Lucky 7 

In this world where the youth of today are given everything, this is a story about a families journey during a restoration project that many a skilled team could not do.
Please buy this book it make you feel good about a family who love eachother and a young man who is way beyond his years’


A cracking short read taking you on a journey through the trials and tribulations of converting a narrow boat. A remarkable you man in Billy and the support from his family is clear to see in this book which gave more of an insight after watching the show it was featured on.

Terri Colburn

Really pleased with our piece in #Lancasterdistrictmagazine @LDmagazine, they gave me a 3 page spread and put the first chapter of my book in there!!!

first page lancaster district magazine (2)

Great to have made #BBCnews and interviewed on BBC radio Lancashire

Wow please take a look at the awesome support from The Lancaster Guardian!!!

Billy was the youngest project manager to be on Amazing spaces and the first with two builds!

George was so impressed by Billy’s refurbishment of MatildaJayne he said:

Sprinkled Billy dust on it 

Other comments included:

Absolute Legend

In all my years I don’t think I have ever been so impressed by such a talented and humble craftsman 

Nothing short of unbelievable and 

Takes my breathe away 

Read the whole story in the highly recommended book; MatildaJayne, Our Great Canal boat journey


The link to the programme:

The book written by his mother; Jayne Walden is about the full refurbishment of their  canal boat;  MatildaJayne.   The book is ideal for anyone who is considering buying a canal boat or just has an interest in them.  It also covers the refurbishment of their Volkswagen LT.    Read about their journey from purchasing the boat through to the full restoration.  Full of information about safety certificates and other things associated with owning a narrowboat.  An invaluable read if you are contemplating buying a narrowboat.  Read about their mistakes, tears and  laughter as they work together to transform their ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.

The write up on Amazon:

Follow one family’s journey from the purchase of a dilapidated canal narrowboat through its transformation by them into a beautiful floating home. The boat was transformed primarily by Billy when he was a teenager who was home educated and then trained as a carpenter, who has succesfully competed and won a Skillbuild contest for the construction trade in the UK when he was only 16.
The refurbishment was followed by George Clarkes Amazing Spaces as seen on Channel 4 on UK TV, which also showcases his truely outstanding feat of transforming a rusty Volkswagon LT into a spectacular Camper Van for the family to use.
Their voyage is even more amazing when you consider that the family unit consists of mum Jayne, a single parent, Billy, a talented young man and the youngest family member is Matilda a cheeky, energetic autistic girl. The family is a strong unit, with lots of time for fun together whilst showing that its not necessary to follow tradition. The strong family bond shines through the book and will leave you laughing at some of the antics they all get up to.
George Clarke also mentions that Billy was the youngest Project Manager ever to appear on the programme.


The YouTube link of the lift

Copies of the book MatildaJayne can be collected from:

Silk Mill Café, Galgate

The Canal Turn, Carnforth, LA5 9EA

Carnforth book shop

Assembled Books, King St, Lancaster, LA1 1JN

And Billy would just like to thank you all he would not be here today without all your support xxx

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