Narrow Margins by Marie Browne
Published July 2, 2013
- Author Marie Browne
I have a passing appreciation for all things narrowboat, a vague love of canals that has been passed down and slightly watered down from my parents more passionate fondness for them. I saw this book pass by on the Kindle store and thought it would be an interesting read - someone actually ditching their house and trying to set up a new life on the river. I can’t say this is something I would ever do, but living vicariously through someone else is what books are made for!
Unfortunately, it’s not quite the idyllic experience you might imagine. From the first hurdle of actually finding a suitable water-worthy craft, through navigating narrow locks and tunnels, through the tricky business of rebuilding when sinks appear magically attached to the movable walls, there are a lot of surprises in store.
Marie shares her tale with some great wit, open honesty and a refreshing candid approach to storytelling. It took me a while to warm to the family - from the first chapter we are plunged into drama, and at first the friendly banter style felt a little forced, but then the personalities began to shine through and you feel like you’re there, living the highs and lows with them.
I was glad to share this journey with Marie and her family, and even more happy to see that there’s a sequel!