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The Narrowboat Summer

Anne Youngson

Warwick’s presents
Anne Youngson
in conversation with Caroline Bleeke

The Narrowboat Summer

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 12:00pm PST

The Narrowboat Summer
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This is a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00pm PST Warwick's will host Anne Youngson as she discusses her new book, The Narrowboat Summer, in conversation with Caroline Bleeke. Anne Youngson is retired and lives in Oxfordshire. She has two children and three grandchildren to date. Her debut novel, Meet Me at the Museum, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.

Eve expected Sally to come festooned with suitcases and overnight bags packed with everything she owned, but she was wrong. She arrived on foot, with a rucksack and a carrier bag. "I just walked away," she said, climbing on to the boat. Eve knew what she meant.

Meet Eve, who has left her thirty-year career to become a Free Spirit; Sally, who has waved goodbye to her indifferent husband and two grown-up children; and Anastasia, a defiantly independent narrowboat-dweller, who is suddenly landlocked and vulnerable.

Before they quite know what they've done, Sally and Eve agree to drive Anastasia's narrowboat on a journey through the canals of England, as she awaits a life-saving operation. As they glide gently - and not so gently - through the countryside, the eccentricities and challenges of narrowboat life draw them inexorably together, and a tender and unforgettable story unfolds. At summer's end, all three women must decide whether to return to the lives they left behind, or forge a new path forward.

Candid, hilarious, and uplifting, The Narrowboat Summer is a celebration of the power of friendship and new experiences to change one's life, at any age.


Senior Editor Caroline Bleeke edits upmarket fiction and nonfiction at Flatiron Books, with an emphasis on underrepresented voices, innovative structure and style, writing with a strong sense of place, and heart. Her list includes Angie Cruz's Dominicana, Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage, Neel Patel’s If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi, Bronx Book Festival founder Saraciea J. Fennell's Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed, and Yangsze Choo’s The Night Tiger. Bleeke has a Master’s degree in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250764614
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 26th, 2021