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The Narrowboat Girl Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (4 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330396285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330396288
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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.'

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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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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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A story all sexually abused should read. You will cry for the children in this story and loath the perpetrator. It in set in mid 1920's to mid 1930's long before such crimes were acknowledged, you will perhaps be thankful we have laws to protect the innocent now.
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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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This novel kept me turning the page and burning the midnight oil. The characters are so well drawn one can see them in the mind's eye. The author's descriptive powers are really good and all this goes towards making the story very visual; like watching a film in your head.
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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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Author: Annie Murray
Title: The Narrowboat Girl
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical, Romance,

I was given this book.

This book has 457 pages and 48 chapters in it.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio. Even if you do not read books like this.

I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

I highly recommend this book.

Synopsis: 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. Through on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems. As Maryann and her sister Sally soon discovers. Unable to turn to their unsympathetic mother for support, the girls are left alone with their harrowing secret. But for Sally it is too much too 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 thought long buried, and in panic and confusion she takes flight...
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Another really good book by Annie Murray, a lot of information about the canals, what a hard life these people had trying to make a living. Couldn't put book marryann one of the characters was so believable I laughed and cried in equal measures you need too read the book called the water gypsies after, there are a lot of ends to tie up in the first, great stories from Annie murray
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