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Narrow Margins: A laugh-out-loud book about life on the waterways (Narrow Boat Books) Paperback – 11 Jul 2017
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It was funny and quite touching in many different ways and almost makes me want to sell the house and buy a boat myself even reading about the good and bad times this family have had on their boat, the Happy Go Lucky - and I love the name too.. Having to carry shopping - including all the water they need (including for washing themselves as well as cleaning teeth, etc)for miles from the nearest shop or supermarket, having to find long term parking for their car, using the locks - we live near one and having seen how many people try and jump off their boat to go through and fall into the lock, shows how difficult they can be - and reading this book, I have nothing but admiration for anyone, let alone a family with young children (and an elderly dog) in giving up a 'normal' family life and doing this, I admire Marie Browne and her family for having the courage to continue with this life 'path' for as long as they do. (I am reading the second book in the series so won't spoil it for anyone else).
This is a gentle yarn that has you giggling, cringing with embarrassment and enjoying all the things that the family endure, a brilliant read.
This one is a highly enjoyable read about a couple who buy a large former river cruising boat and with a lot of hard graft and make it into a delightful home for themselves and their children.
There are many adventures and near disasters along the way because the family are not experienced boaters but their learning experiences are interesting and humerous.
I'm now half way through the next in the series and it's as addictive and enjoyable as this one.
Also, a couple of things the author did I didn't really like......re-homing the poor old dog because he didn't fit into the lifestyle anymore went totally against what I would do, I've had dogs for 20 years and would never do this (in fact paid a small fortune to fly my 12 yr old dog back from the States), and secondly I thought the description of how the second daughter was 'handed over' by her other family (Father and Stepmum) was, even if it really was that bad, just too personal to be writing about in a book.....if I was the other parents I would be pretty unimpressed about airing such private family business for all to read! Probably won't bother with the follow up's, sorry.
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