Book review: Three Women and a Boat by Anne Youngson

Photo of library book Three women and a Boat. White and blue text on red background decorated like a canal boat

I chose this book from the library as the title reminded me of Jerome K. Jerome’s very funny book, Three Men in a Boat. The endorsements on the front cover were encouraging, ‘Life affirming and funny’ and ‘A meander down England’s waterways, Bittersweet and charming’.

Reading Three Women and a Boat was a great pleasure. The style led me to read it slowly savouring the journey. The way the characters were introduced at the beginning of the book was highly original. As they got to know one another, they also learned more about themselves. There were lots of surprises as new characters were encountered.

The history of English canals was drawn upon in entertaining ways. There are plenty of male characters too.

I shall be looking out for Anne Youngson’s first novel, Meet me at the Museum, which won the inaugural Paul Torday prize for debut fiction for writers over sixty and short-listed for the Costa Best First Novel Award.

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