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A BOY OFF THE BANK A BOY OFF THE BANK
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Ten-year-old Michael Thompson has had enough. Mentally and physically abused by his drunken father, treated like a skivvy by his mother, he's taken all that his miserable life can throw at him; but then the final blow comes when his dog is taken away as well: On a bitter cold night in January, 1940, he set out to commit suicide - but all does not go according to plan...

'A Boy Off the Bank' tells a story of England's canals in wartime, of the pressure and the pain, the humour and resilience of the boating people. Tragic and heart-warming, it charts the progress of a job becoming ever more difficult, against the broader panorama of worldwide events, seen from the perspective of a narrowboat's back cabin.


Author:       Geoffrey Lewis
ISBN:         0 9545624 6 1
Publisher:   SGM Publishing (Pub. 2006)
Pages:       222      Size: B
Entry Added/Amended:      March 2008



Price:  £7.99
ANNIE MURRAY:OMNIBUS ANNIE MURRAY:OMNIBUS
Ref F678

This is an omnibus edition of two of Annie Murray's works 'Orphan of Angel Street' and 'The Narrowboat Girl'. This book is great value for Annie Murray fans.

ORPHAN OF ANGEL STREET

Abandoned at birth, little Mercy Hanley shows a fierce determination few others can match. Her inner fire burns brightly, even in the harsh conditions of turn-of-the-century Birmingham.

For behind Mercy's pale and haunting face, there is a mind of steel, as her harsh foster-mother, Mrs Gaskin, soon discovers. Beatings, threats and poverty cannot halt Mercy's efforts to improve herself, or to create a new life for Susan, Mrs Gaskins crippled daughter.

Even in the worst times, it is as if someone is watching over Mercy. Willing her to succeed...

Through the dark shadow of World War, Mercy continues her fight for survival. She will first earned her freedom and security. Then at long last she can give her love...

THE NARROWBOAT GIRL

Young Maryann Nelson is devastated at the loss of her beloved father. But worse is to come with 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. Aborad his narrowboat, the 'Esther Jane', she finds herself falling in love with life on the canal as she 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...


Author:       Annie Murray
ISBN:         0 330 43262 1
Publisher:   Pan (Pub. 2004)
Pages:       458      Size: 177h x 110w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2005



Price:  £7.99
BOAT GIRLS THE BOAT GIRLS THE
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It is 1943, and three very different girls are longing to do their bit for the war effort.

Frances - her life of seeming privilege has been a lonely one. Brave and strong, stifled by her traditional upbringing, she falls for a most unsuitable man.

Prudence - timid and conventional, her horizons have never strayed beyond a job as a bank clerk in Croydon until the war walk brings her new experiences.

Rosalind - a beautiful, flame-haired actress who catches the eye of Frances's stuffy elder brother, the heir to an ancestral mansion.

The three become friends when they join the band of women working the canal boats, delivering goods and doing a man's job while the men are away fighting. A tough, unglamorous task - but one which brings them all unexpected rewards.


Author:       Margaret Mayhew
ISBN:         978 0 552 15491 8
Publisher:   Corgi (Pub. 2007)
Pages:       432      Size: A Format
Entry Added/Amended:      November 2007



Price:  £6.99
CRY OF THE HERON, THE CRY OF THE HERON, THE
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Author:       Dick Allen
ISBN:         0 9533291 2 7
Publisher:   Not Known
Pages:             Size: 
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Price:  £7.99
CUTTER'S WHARF CUTTER'S WHARF
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An evocative London wartime saga.


Author:       Patricia Grey
ISBN:         1 84067 512 8
Publisher:   Knight
Pages:       438      Size: A Format
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Price:  £5.99
DEAD IMAGE DEAD IMAGE
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Author:       Joan Lock
ISBN:         0 7090 6567 1
Publisher:   Hale
Pages:       185      Size: 240h x 160w
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Price:  £16.99
DEVIL IN THE DETAIL DEVIL IN THE DETAIL
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By the author of 'Getaway with Murder', 'Death in Little Venice' and 'Kiss and Tell'


Author:       Leo McNeir
ISBN:         0 95317422 0
Publisher:   Enigma
Pages:       370      Size: 230h x 153w
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Price:  £8.99
GIRL AT THE TILLER, A GIRL AT THE TILLER, A
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With the outbreak of peace in 1945 life on the Grand Union Canal seems fit to settle back into it steady pre-war pattern -but change is on the way! With the new Labour government, the prospect of nationalisation brings hopes of new investment, better maintenance, for the canals; but before that can happen, the winter of 1947, the big freeze, strikes...

In this sequel to 'A Boy Off the Bank', the familiar characters of Michael and Ginny, Alby Baker, and other boating families -the Hanneys, the Caplins -continue their lives in peacetime Britain, plying their trade despite the deteriorating state of the waterways. And new faces appear, one of whom is to have a greater impact on the crew of the 'Sycamore' and the 'Antrim' than they could ever guess...

The pleasures and hardships of a working life on the canals, the occasional joy or tragedy, form the backdrop of the deeply human tale in which the reader becomes enmeshed in the lives of his characters. A third book, 'The New Number One', is planned for early 2009, and will complete the story of Michael's growth from the scrawny boy from Wolverton into the respected head of a boating family.


Author:       Geoffrey Lewis
ISBN:         978 0 9545624 7 2
Publisher:   SGM Publishing (Pub. 2008)
Pages:       248      Size: B Format
Entry Added/Amended:      March 2008



Price:  £7.99
GOING DUTCH GOING DUTCH
Ref F118

Jo Edwards never planned to live on a barge. She's not even sure she likes boats. But when her husband trades her in for a younger model, she finds her options alarmingly limited.

Dora Hamilton never planned to run out on her wedding. But as the Big Day approaches, her cold feet show no signs of warming up - and accepting Jo's offer of refuge aboard 'The Three Sisters' seems the only alternative.

As Joe and Dora embark on reorganising their muddled lives, they realise they both need a practical way to keep themselves afloat. But, despite their certainty that they've sworn off men for good, they haven't bargained for the persistent intervention of attractive but enigmatic Marcus, and laid-back charming Tom, who both seem determined to help them whether they like it or not...


Author:       Katie Fforde
ISBN:         978 0 09 949983 1
Publisher:   Arrow Books (Pub. 2007)
Pages:       417      Size: Format 'B'
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2007



Price:  £6.99
GREASY OCKER GREASY OCKER
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'Greasy Ocker' is the story of two young canal boatmen fated to continue the feud that has separated their families for generations. One boatman struggles on trying to make an honest living at a time when canal trade was in decline. The other leaves the boats to take to a life of crime with a vicious London gangster.

Eventually, fate conspires to involve both men in a spectacular robbery that brings the family vendetta to a violent conclusion. 'Greasy Ocker' is set on the canals of London and the Black Country and also in the sleazy underworld of London and Birmingham.


Author:       Derek Pratt
ISBN:         0 9531742 3 9
Publisher:   Enigma (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       192      Size: 235h x 155w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2005



Price:  £8.99
KISS AND TELL KISS AND TELL
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Author:       Leo McNeir
ISBN:         0 953174 21 2
Publisher:   Enigma
Pages:       334      Size: 235h x 155w
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Price:  £7.99
LIFE SKILLS LIFE SKILLS
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Author:       Katie Fforde
ISBN:         0 7126 8080 2
Publisher:   Random House
Pages:       343      Size: 235h x 155w
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Price:  £10.00
MAGGIE KELLY, THE MAGGIE KELLY, THE
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Author:       Marjorie Dunn
ISBN:         1 874718 58 X
Publisher:   
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Price:  £7.95
NARROWBOAT GIRL, THE NARROWBOAT GIRL, THE
Ref F640

THE NARROWBOAT GIRL

Young Maryann Nelson is devastated at the loss of her beloved father. But worse is to come with 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. Aborad his narrowboat, the 'Esther Jane', she finds herself falling in love with life on the canal as she 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...


Author:       Annie Murray
ISBN:         0 330 39628 5
Publisher:   Pan
Pages:       457      Size: 175h x 110w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2005



Price:  £6.99
NO SECRETS NO SECRETS
Ref F655

For Marnie Walker it began as nothing more than a business deal, but a sudden death changes everything. Gradually, and against her better judgment, she becomes drawn into an involvement with the convicted murderer that leads to a campaign led by the most unlikely protagonist.

It also leads Marnie into a world of infidelity, sexual betrayal and mortal danger. Strangest of all, for a while the victim comes back into her life in a most unexpected way. From the charming Grand Union Canal to picturesque Little Venice and to London's stylish Docklands, the story unfolds in a series of twists and turns, where no one can be presumed innocent and where the clues are provided by the victim herself.

But the biggest surprise is the last one of all...


Author:       Leo McNeir
ISBN:         095317424 7
Publisher:   Enigma (Pub. 2006)
Pages:       351      Size: 233h x 156w
Entry Added/Amended:      April 2006



Price:  £8.99
ROSE REVIVED, THE ROSE REVIVED, THE
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If May, Sally and Harriet didn't need the money so badly, they definitely wouldn't be working for Slimeball Slater at Quality Cleaners. Luckily for them they make a great team, so when they discover its' Slimeball taking them to the cleaners, they decide to set up their own business - and that's when things really start to take-off.

Working for themselves gives them the freedom and independence of they've been longing for. New possibilities open up before them. May can afford the mooring fees for her beloved narrowboat; Harriet discovers a true gift for painting; and Sally's dream of a place of her own is fast becoming reality. But is it too much, having made such a success of their working lives, to expect similar success in their romantic ones.


Author:       Katie Fforde
ISBN:         0 7126 5720 7
Publisher:   Century (Pub. 1995)
Pages:       431      Size: 242h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      Sept 2005



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RIVER FOLK, THE RIVER FOLK, THE
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Author:       Margaret Dickinson
ISBN:         0 330 37687 X
Publisher:   Pan
Pages:       452      Size: 176h x 110w
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Price:  £5.99
SALLY ANN'S SUMMER SALLY ANN'S SUMMER
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The new bestseller from the author of 'Getaway With Murder' and 'No Secrets' (F655)

Here is how the story begins.

Marnie Walker had no desire to get involved with an ageing narrowboat. With a failed marriage behind her and no satisfactory relationship in prospect, she had thrown herself into her work. But even there she was beginning to feel stale. So when her sister burdened her with the chore of looking after 'Sally Ann' while she and her husband went away for a year, Marnie was less than enthusiastic.

She soon discovered that there was much more to taking care of a canal boat then she had ever imagined. At first she resented it for placing so many demands on her time, but gradually the encounter with 'Sally Ann' became a turning point in her life.

What Marnie failed to realise was that there were sinister undercurrents of work below the surface of the calm waters of Little Venice. A gangland power struggle had broken out in this quiet corner of London. To make matters worse, the hunt was on for undefined valuables. Some people - who lurk in the shadows - were prepared to stop at nothing to get their hands on them and unbeknown to her, they had identified Marnie as the key to finding them.

Taking off for the summer, Marnie embarked on her travels blissfully ignorant of the malevolent forces following in her wake. The journey, with its strange encounters, its triumphs and disasters, its humour and its pathos would change her life for ever. And this is where her new life begins.


Author:       Leo McNeir
ISBN:         978 0 9531 7425 6
Publisher:   Enigma (Pub. 2007)
Pages:       286      Size: 235h x 155w
Entry Added/Amended:      November 2007



Price:  £8.99
SILVER HIGHWAYS,THE SILVER HIGHWAYS,THE
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Hardback
Author:       Malcolm MacDonald
ISBN:         0 340 37257 5
Publisher:   Hodder & Stoughton
Pages:       496      Size: 225h x 145w
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Price:  £12.00
SILVER HIGHWAYS,THE SILVER HIGHWAYS,THE
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Author:       Malcolm MacDonald
ISBN:         0 340 42846 5
Publisher:   Hodder & Stoughton
Pages:       496      Size: A format (P)
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Price:  £5.99
SLEEP NO MORE SLEEP NO MORE
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Railway, Canal and Other Stories of the Supernatural

This powerful collection of stories of the supernatural combines L T C Rolt's writing talent with his unparalleled knowledge of Britain's industrial heritage to produce tales of real mystery and imagination.

This haunting anthology takes the reader on a journey from Cornwall to Wales and from the hill country of Shropshire to the west coast of Ireland. 'The House of Vengeance', set in the Black Mountains of South Wales, tells what happens when a walker becomes lost and disoriented as the mist falls, while in 'The Garside Fell Disaster' an old railwaymen recounts the terrible night when the 'Mountaineer' came to grief. Alongside these are twelve other tales of elemental fears and strange and inexplicable happenings.

First published in 1948, this enduring collection will appeal to all those who, like Tom Rolt, are passionate about the backdrop of our industrial landscape and will delight and terrify anyone who loves a good, old-fashioned, ghost story.


Author:       L.T.C.Rolt
ISBN:         978 0 7524 5577 8
Publisher:   The History Press (Pub 2010)
Pages:       129      Size: B format (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      April 2010



Price:  £7.99
SMOKE AND MIRRORS SMOKE AND MIRRORS
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It began as a simple process, a reburial into the village churchyard. An injustice was being righted after 350 years.

But everything changed with the discovery of human remains on top of the earlier coffin. Whose Body? How long had it been in the ground? Who had put it there? For Marnie Walker this was a mystery, but essentially someone else's problem. Against her will and her better judgment she becomes drawn into the investigation at a time when the authorities begin taking steps to conceal the truth.

Meanwhile a major archaeological dig raises uncomfortable issues relating to witchcraft in and around the supposedly idyllic village where Marnie lives. And when bodies are found in shallow graves close to her canalside home, the police demand answers to some tough questions.

With the arrival in the area of a bizarre boat and its strange owner, matters start to get out of hand. Conflicts ancient and modern clash and Marnie runs into problems of her own making that have the potential to ruin an important part of a life for ever.

The final twists revealed that there are more secrets surrounding Marnie and those close to her than she or they had ever imagined.

Once again in her life, nothing is quite what it seems...


Author:       Leo McNeir
ISBN:         978 0 9531742 7
Publisher:   Enigma (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       400      Size: 235h x 155w
Entry Added/Amended:      March 2009



Price:  £8.99
STARLIGHT STARLIGHT
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Departing from the detective novels for which he is known, in 'Starlight', Geoffrey Lewis tells a tale of schoolboy friendship set against the backdrop of the Oxford Canal in the days when the commercial trade was in decline, and the canal itself threatened with closure. In a story whose mood ranges from heart-warming humour to unbearable poignancy, he conjures up the world of the 1950s; factual events and real characters flit past in the background as he leads the reader through the long heat-wave of the summer of 1955, as it was seen by an 11 year-old boy living in a little North-Oxfordshire village. A beautiful tale, beautifully told.


Author:       Geoffrey Lewis
ISBN:         0 9545624 5 3
Publisher:   SGM Publishing (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       159      Size: A
Entry Added/Amended:      March 2008



Price:  £6.99
STRANGERS STRANGERS
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Forgery can be dangerous to your health....

The Metropolitan Police have smashed a major countefeiting gang - but the ringleaders have escaped. Ron Walker now has a problem: How do you protect your family when it is being threatened by a cold, soulless killer.

As the forgers try to re-establish themselves in the provinces, David Russell's investigation becomes a race against time, both to convict the men and to save Walker's grandson from the fate stalking him on the idyllic highway of the Grand Union Canal
Author:       Geoffrey Lewis
ISBN:         0 9545624 1 0
Publisher:   SGM (Pub. 2004)
Pages:       279      Size: B Format
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Price:  £7.99
WATER GYPSIES WATER GYPSIES
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Another wonderful read from the bestselling author of 'Chocolate Girls'

Water Gypsies is a sequel to 'The Narrowboat Girl'
Author:       Annie Murray
ISBN:         0 330 49214 4
Publisher:   Pan (Pub. 2004)
Pages:       458      Size: A Format
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Price:  £6.99
WENCH IS DEAD,THE WENCH IS DEAD,THE
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Author:       Colin Dexter
ISBN:         0 330 31336 3
Publisher:   Pan
Pages:       200      Size: A format (P)
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Price:  £5.99
WHERE EARTH MEETS SKY WHERE EARTH MEETS SKY
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Beautiful, dark-haired Lily has been abandoned in the Birmingham slum as a tiny child. With few clues as to her identity she endures a childhood of loneliness and loss. At eighteen she applies for a post as nanny with the family of a Captain Fairford, a soldier in Ambala, north India, and his highly-strung wife, Susan. Lily is drawn into the emotional life of the Fairford family and adores her charge, two-year-old Cosmo.

When, in 1907, Captain Fairford orders a new Daimler car, it is brought out by a young motor mechanic, Sam Ironside. Sam and Lily fall deeply in love, and it is only later that Lily learns that Sam is married and feels utterly betrayed. When Cosmo is later sent home to school, Lily finds another post with a Dr McBride and his invalid wife, in a beautiful Himalayan hill station. The place is idyllic, and Lily settles for a quiet life. However, she is unprepared for the pain and misunderstandings that follow, which force her to run from everything she has known...

'Where Earth Meets Sky' takes us from Edwardian England and the British Raj, through the darkness of the Great War to the glamour of Brooklands race track in the 1920s. Spanning two continents, it is a story of enduring friendships and two hearts which cannot be kept apart.


Author:       Annie Murray
ISBN:         978 0 330 44609 9
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan (Pub. 2007)
Pages:       500      Size: Format 'A'
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2008



Price:  £5.99
Waterways Catalog : Fiction


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