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The Narrowboat Girl [Kindle Edition]

Annie Murray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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An absorbing tale of adventure and true love Young Maryann Nelson is devastated at the loss of her beloved father. But worse is to come when her mother, Flo, sees an opportunity to better herself and her family in a marriage to the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover.Unable to turn to their unsympathetic mother for support, the girls are left alone with their harrowing secret. But for Sal it is too much to bear . . . The chance of a new life opens up for Maryann when she befriends Joel Bartholomew. Aboard his narrowboat, the Esther Jane, she finds herself falling in love with life on the canal as she is swept away from Birmingham and all her worries. Until Joel's feelings for Maryann begin to change, awakening all the old nightmares that she had thought were long buried, and in panic and confusion she takes flight . . .



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Prequel to THE WATER GYPSIES, this is an absorbing tale of adventure and true love from the bestselling author of CHOCOLATE GIRLS

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Young Maryann Nelson is devastated at the loss of her beloved father. But worse is to come when her mother, Flo, sees an opportunity to better herself and her family in a marriage to the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover. Unable to turn to their unsympathetic mother for support, the girls are left alone with their harrowing secret. But for Sal it is too much to bear . . . The chance of a new life opens up for Maryann when she befriends Joel Bartholomew. Aboard his narrowboat, the Esther Jane, she finds herself falling in love with life on the canal as she is swept away from Birmingham and all her worries. Until Joel's feelings for Maryann begin to change, awakening all the old nightmares that she had thought long buried, and in panic and confusion she takes flight . . . The Narrowboat Boat is a testament to the overwhelming power of true love and its ability to overcome suffering.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1088 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330396285
  • Publisher: Pan (30 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KLP6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green, sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A Hopscotch Summer. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 13 Mar. 2008
Format:Paperback
Annie Murray weaves a wonderful story in this book. You feel she must have lived several lifetimes to be able to write with so much depth and feeling. I have read this book twice now which is unusual for me.Upon the second reading I was still spellbound and couldn't put the book down. The story starts and ends in Birmingham, it is about a young girl who faces violence and hardship due to her stepfather and a mother who is unable to help her children.She changes her life to live on the canal boats to find the happiness she so deserves. This book is the first of the two book Ms Murray wrote about the canal boats and the lives of the people who live on them. If you love this book like I did and want to follow the lives of the main characters you will also love "The Water Gypsies"which is a continuation of "The Narrowboat Girl".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting & enthralling historical novel 17 Dec. 2003
Format:Paperback
This book gave me a wonderful insight into canal life & poverty in the back to back houses of Birmingham in the early 20th century.
Annie writes so vividly that I felt I had actually lived in these times, in the squaller. I could smell the coal, the dank dripping canal basements.
Although this is a realistic insight, it is seen through the eyes of a child & later a young woman, it is also a romance. It's truly compelling read which will be difficult to put down & it's one which will stay in your memery for a good time afterwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Narrowboat Girl 25 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all the other books by Annie Murray. A really good read for anyone who likes her work and anyone interested in Birmingham history. There is so much fact about Birmingham in her books it's like you are there! I recognise a lot of places, people and occupations from what my Mom told me as she was born and grew up in Birmingam at the times written about in the books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, so good... 4 Sept. 2009
By Rufus
Format:Paperback
I picked this up from the hotel 'library' while on holiday in Corfu, not expecting too much to be honest. Being a Brummie, the fact that the story is set in Birmingham was the only draw to picking it up, but I'm glad I did. A wonderful story, brilliant characterisation and scene setting. The ending was a tad predictable, but that spoiled nothing - a very, very enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars could not put down 27 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow have just finished this book and the water gypsies could not put down,another fantastic read. I could not sleep one night as the story was going around and around in my head. Im gutted its finished now means i will have to find another of her books to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant read by Annie Murray. 3 Oct. 2014
By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is another captivating read by Annie Murray.
The story has you groped from page one and you feel like you are living alongside Mary Ann and her family from the outset. Mary Ann's life is detailed in such a way that you can't help becoming so involved that you feel every twist and turn and can't wait to find out what happens next and how she will cope and move forward.
I would strongly recommend this book to fan's of and first time readers of Annie Murray. It's a wonderful book and a captivating read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Narrowboat Girl 18 Jun. 2009
By T. Cade
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book and it was sent very quickly and looking brand new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 14 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
That was a fantastic story I loved it! Mr Griffin sounded a terrible character and he got what he deserved.
I love the characters Mary-Ann and Nance such good friends.
Both Joel and Darius sounded lovely and I'm pleased by the outcome (I won't spoil it). Can't wait to read the next one.
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