The Narrowboat Girl

The Narrowboat Girl By Annie Murray, The Narrowboat Girl 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 undertak
  • Title: The Narrowboat Girl
  • Author: Annie Murray
  • ISBN: 9780330396288
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Narrowboat Girl By Annie Murray, 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 Though on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover.Unable to turn to their unsympaYoung 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 Though on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems, as Maryann and her sister Sal soon discover.Unable to turn to their unsympathetic mother for support, the girls are left alone with their harrowing secret But for Sal it is too much to 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 had thought were long buried, and in panic and confusion she takes flight .
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    1. Annie Murray

      Annie Murray was a childhood writer Her career was helped a great deal by belonging to Tindal Street Fiction Group in Birmingham and by winning the SHE Granada TV Short Story Competition in 1991 She has published short stories in a number of anthologies as well as SHE magazine Her first regional saga, Birmingham Rose appeared in 1995 and reached the Times bestseller list She has since published than a dozen others, including the Cadbury books, Chocolate Girls and The Bells of Bournville Green, Family of Women and her latest, A Hopscotch Summer Annie has four children and lives near Reading.

    657 thoughts on “The Narrowboat Girl”


    1. To be honnest , when i first read it I found nothing interessting about it I thought another boring book , I spent a month reading the first five pages I couldn t go for than three lines or half a page if I was in a good mood , I found myself pushing me to carry on , but when the events started to take place I was facinated by it , I simply fell in love with it , luckely I got a version of the book that has 2 books in 1 the second was water gypsies , so what took me month to complete almost 5pa [...]



    2. Had I any idea of the story line I would have avoided this book Because of the sensitive and distressing topics, it s difficult and uncomfortable to read at times Many enjoy stories with real life grit, but I m not one of them I read for pleasure and escapism, and very much enjoy a fairy tale in essence.However, this is an excellent title in my opinion, where the author appears to have done a good amount of research producing a book with much drama and emotion There is good, and consistent, char [...]


    3. I love Annie Murray s books, so much detail and the characters are always interesting The Narrowboat Girl follows the life of Maryann, devestated by the death of her father at a young age, her mother s remarriage forces her run away to her only real friend, canal boatman Joel, but the legacy of her step father and unsympathetic mother mar her potential happiness forcing her to move on The description of life on the waterways is fascinating The sequel Water Gypsies is on my To Read shelf I look f [...]


    4. One of those great books about England In the good old days when the streets were covered w mud and you used an outhouse w all the other dirt poor tenants in the cul de sac Some nasty stuff in this one, but critical to realize how far we ve come in exposing and cleaning up some of the horrible domestic issues that were once totally buried A young girl with true grit.ts for her rights and her own happiness Often confused by what is going on inside of her and around her, but determined to find the [...]





    5. Author Annie MurrayTitle The Narrowboat GirlGenre 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 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 [...]


    6. It took me a little bit of time to get into this book but once it got going I really enjoyed it.It felt historically accurate and I was rooting for Maryann all the way through.I will be reading the sequel.


    7. Sigh Unfortunately I am going to have to give this book a good review I bought it in the works as some trashy pre serious book reading, but it gripped me by the eyeballs and wouldn t let me go, no matter how many little niggles I had with it along the way.To start with the positives It s a very complete book, all the ends and threads are neatly squared away by the end It s rich with detail and the characters, though fairly one note, feel real enough to keep you interested There s melodrama, slig [...]


    8. This novel was sold as a story of adventure and true love For 2 3 of the book this really wasn t the case It wasn t what I was expecting, but I was engaged from the first few chapters From the beginning this is a story about abuse and self preservation, and the love story just doesn t make a lot of sense It s a hard subject, but I found it to be sensitively written for the most part aside from the slightly odd romance Trigger warnings sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse.


    9. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I can see why I couldn t put it down I was intrigued to know what Maryann would do next The characterisation is wonderful and you find yourself really hating her stepfather and rooting for her happy ending I won t spoil the plot but I will say stick with it through the darker parts of the narrative, which at times can be quite tough I loved the historical viewpoint of England and life on the cut Definitely recommend xxx


    10. Well written saga about canalboat people of the previous century and their difficulties The main character is of course a young girl who has not had a fair deal in life The Black Country s waterways are well depicted, as are the minutiae of the working folk s lifestyle, but this is really not my cup of tea.


    11. What an incredible story by Annie Murray Yet again she has this amazing gift of making you feel as if you are there looking on I found this story to be heart rendering the way the girls were treated by the stepfather an evil monster The story was told with such passion she had you engrossed from the first page I have read many of her novels and this is up there with the rest.



    12. definitely not an easy read, parts made me cry, parts made me smile looking forward to reading the sequel water gypsies next


    13. Brilliant bookWhat an absolutely fantastic book this is, laughter, tears , sadness and joy it is a book I could not put down.





    14. A disturbing and sad book, which contains themes of child abuse and suicide Do not choose this one if you are looking for an easy read.


    15. I Recomend this as an Interesting entertaining and an enjoyable story now to continue the story with Water Gypsies.


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