10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2006
Geoffrey Lewis has written a moving account of the experiences of a young, abused boy during the war years. Mikey, the hero, attempts suicide but is rescued by a family of "boaters", the people who worked on narrow boats. Apart from the human story the book is a treasury of information about England's canal system. By the time you have finished it you will have a good understanding of how the canal system worked, where the canals ran and the effect on their infrastructure resulting from wartime maintenance constraints.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2013
I enjoyed this book very much , I grew up around Braunston so was able to relate to the canals ,very well written , plenty of highs and lows