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The Narrowboat Girl Hardcover – 6 Jul 2001


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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (6 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333786009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333786000
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,659,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From the Author

'The Narrowboat Girl' is one of the books I have most enjoyed writing. The research was fascinating, learning so much about the people who used to work our waterways, transporting coal and many other goods and bringing up families in the tiny cabins of narrowboats. It was such a hard and in many ways dangerous life, but did bring its own freedoms and the lovely surroundings of the countryside once away from the smoky, grimy cities.
Maryann's story contains sadness and tragedy, but there is much adventure, love and friendship for her as well!
If you would like to know more about what happens to Maryann and her family on the 'cut' don't miss the sequel to this story, which is called 'Water Gypsies.'
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Annie Murray graduated from Oxford in 1983. She has worked as a journalist and a nurse, has had short stories published in several magazines, and won the She/Granada Television Short Story Competition in 1991. She now lives in Reading with her husband and four children, Brummies all. The Narrowboat Girl is the sixth novel in her bestselling Birmingham series.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V.Henderson on 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chowen on 17 Dec 2003
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rufus on 4 Sep 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Paula Heard on 25 May 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chrissie on 27 Feb 2012
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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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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 By T. Cade on 18 Jun 2009
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I really enjoyed this book and it was sent very quickly and looking brand new.
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By Karen Summers on 27 April 2014
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I think this is one of the best books I have read. Dark reading in places brought tears to my eyes, it is beautifully written I just couldn't t put it down, am now going to read the second book, can t wait.
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