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Water Gypsies [Kindle Edition]

Annie Murray
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It is 1942, and after a childhood of suffering in Birmingham, Maryann Bartholomew has built a life of happiness and safety with her husband Joel and their children, working the canals on his narrowboat, the Esther Jane. But the back-breaking work and constant childbearing take their toll on Maryann, and the tragic loss of her old friend Nancy, followed by a further pregnancy lead her to a desperate act which nearly costs her her life. The walls of her security are broken down when Joel suffers an accident, and to keep the boats working, Maryann is forced to allow Sylvia and Dot, two wartime volunteers, into the privacy of their life. And when she discovers that someone keeps calling for her at Birmingham's Tyseley Wharf, the dark memories of her past begin to overwhelm her life. For that someone, who seems to be watching her every move, is becoming more dangerous that even she could imagine...

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It is 1942, and after a childhood of suffering in Birmingham, Maryann Bartholomew has built a life of happiness and safety with her husband Joel and their children, working the canals on his narrowboat, the Esther Jane. But the back-breaking work and constant childbearing take their toll on Maryann, and the tragic loss of her old friend Nancy, followed by a further pregnancy lead her to a desperate act which nearly costs her her life. The walls of her security are broken down when Joel suffers an accident, and to keep the boats working, Maryann is forced to allow Sylvia and Dot, two wartime volunteers, into the privacy of their life. And when she discovers that someone keeps calling for her at Birmingham's Tyseley Wharf, the dark memories of her past begin to overwhelm her life. For that someone, who seems to be watching her every move, is becoming more dangerous that even she could imagine...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330492144
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (17 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKLXMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,189 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow-up! 20 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
Having read this books prequel, narrowboat girls, I knew all the characters in this book. Which was nice, as I was unaware this book was the follow on.
Briefly, the first book tells the tragic story of Maryanne Nelson, who lived with an abusive step-father, who sexually abused her and her sister from a young age, and her mother, a seemingly self-obsessed poor excuse for a mum. She ends up falling in love with Joel, who is a narrowboat man, many years her senior. and along with her friend Nancy, who has escaped from an abusive marriage they build their lives together on the Cut.
The first book was so heart rendering, making tears well up inside me many times, and I was greatful for a happy ending. Unfortunately this book, doesn't show things as being positive for Maryanne, She has already suffered so much in her life, you think that she can't possibly have more tragedies or hardships to deal with. Personally, being so engaged in her story, I was upset that she didn't live happily ever after (but happily ever after doesn't make a good story)

Anyhow... This is a well written book, which follows on well from the first book, in true Annie Murray style it has many twists and turns that you don't see coming. Maryanne may be older now, and supposibly wiser, she still has many of the insecurities that she gained as a child, and these are not improved with the addition of twins, and Sylvia and Dot, two outiders that are helping out with the war effort.

There is so much going on in this book! you need to be alert to keep up with them all, but this book is a pleasure to read. And it gives an insight into the hard lives of those on the canal boats, and the conflicts that they face.

Well worth a read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read, couldn't put it down 3 Mar 2008
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Very rare for me to read a story twice,I usually give all my books away but not Annie Murray's. Having read this story again, I found I just couldn't put it down.It's a story of people who work hard on the canal boats,paths and lives cross of people from different walks of life who come together to fight off hardships and support each other. Water Gypsies has everything love, hate, and the story line slowly leads to being a thriller. Fantastic reading as are all of this Author's books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Water Gypsies 25 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book - the sequel to The Narrowboat Girl. It was crammed full of twists and turns and every corner you turned seemed to end diferently to how you thought! I recemmend this book to anyone interested in Annie Murray's writing or if you are interested in Birmingham history like I am. A lot of it was so real to me as my mother was born in Birmingham and I recognised a lot of the places, people, everyday things of the time and certain jobs of work from what my Mom had told me as she grew up in Birmingham in the times that the books were written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Again excellent writing and story lines
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gypsy Water Clan. 21 Jun 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading this book. I did not find it predictable at all. Without a doublt I would definitely recommend this book for a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joan 26 Mar 2014
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Another great book by a great author thanks for the read ready for the next book would recommend this author to my friends who like a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good follow on 23 Mar 2014
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Enjoyed this as a good follow on from the Narrowboat girl. Appeared well researched and tear jerker. Again feel would be a good drama on tv
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5.0 out of 5 stars water gypsies 22 Feb 2014
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one of the best books by annie murray very explicit about the hard life living and working on the canal boats
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent read..
Finished in less than a week, which I think tells how much it was enjoyed. About to start on my next Annie Murray.
Published 9 days ago by Margaret Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Water Gypsies
Great read, couldn't put it down when once I had started. Excellent choice and I would highly recommend it - most enjoyable
Published 5 months ago by ahug1945
5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING STORY
I love Annie Murray stories especially ones that end and leave you wanting more, so you have to read the sequel!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs H
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant
Excellant sequel to The Narrowboat Girls. Showed how hard life was on the canals abd around Birmingham.
As usual couldn't put it down.
Published 8 months ago by alerie49
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as ever.
I read narrowing girl a while back and only just discovered the next book. It kept me going right to the end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. L. S. Hewer
4.0 out of 5 stars water gypsies
thought it was a good read and it was a differant story line to he other books. It was afollow on from the narrow boat girl. which was also a good book.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Water gypsies
Very "dark" reading in places sometimes "uncomfortable" , but a well thought out and compelling story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. J. Longstaff
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
this is a brilliant story and you need to read the the narrowboat girl as they go together would definitely recommend to everyone to read this book
Published 9 months ago by julietromeo
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