Narrow Margins [NOOK Book]

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Narrow Margins – a laugh-out-loud book which proves that lean times can sometimes be a very positive thing.

Faced with the loss of everything following the collapse of the Rover Group, Marie Browne moved her long-suffering husband Geoff, chaotic children and smelly, narcoleptic dog on to a houseboat in search of a less stressful, healthier, alternative way of life.

Strapped for cash, the family buy a decrepit 70ft barge called Happy Go lucky ...

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Overview

Narrow Margins – a laugh-out-loud book which proves that lean times can sometimes be a very positive thing.

Faced with the loss of everything following the collapse of the Rover Group, Marie Browne moved her long-suffering husband Geoff, chaotic children and smelly, narcoleptic dog on to a houseboat in search of a less stressful, healthier, alternative way of life.

Strapped for cash, the family buy a decrepit 70ft barge called Happy Go lucky which had been run as a floating hotel. Outdated and in need of a complete refurbishment, Happy becomes their floating home. First they need to learn the ropes and many pitfalls beset their adventures.

As they come to terms with living on a narrow boat, readers gain a fascinating insight into life in the slow lane.

About the author:

Marie Browne is a gently harrassed mother of three who, for the past fifteen years, has been desperately trying to escape the Customer Service Industry. Apart from her husband and kids, the best things in her life are real ale; barbecues; ugly mad dogs that nobody else wants and cream-covered designer coffees. She also has an obsession with shoes but her husband is threatening to get her help for that.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908917508
  • Publisher: Accent Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 303,157
  • File size: 340 KB

Meet the Author

Marie Browne is a gently harrassed mother of three who, for the past fifteen years, has been desperately trying to escape the Customer Service Industry. Apart from her husband and kids, the best things in her life are real ale; barbecues; ugly mad dogs that nobody else wants and cream-covered designer coffees. She also has an obsession with shoes but her husband is threatening to get her help for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Dauntless

    Chapter Eleven
    I snatch a dark knife off a nearby table and hurl it at a target as hard as I can. Not paying attention to where it landed, I pick another, aim, and—
    "Hi!" A cheery voice says.
    I jump and drop my knife. It clatters to the ground.
    "Oops, sorry." The voice says. I whip around and find myself face-to-face with a blonde-haired boy, about my age. He grins. "I'm Pax."
    "Terrin." I answer, stooping to pick up my knife.
    "Cool. So, um—hey, you got a bull's-eye!" He can't seem to stay on one topic for more than five second, he laughs a lot, and he just seems like a fun guy.
    "Yeah." I turn to see, and realize he's right. "Oh, yeah!"
    "Yea-uh!" He holds up his hand and I slap him a high-five. "Oh, dude, look at that." His blue eyes dart over to the gun training area.
    "What?" I follow his gaze to the guns and freeze.
    Screams.
    Blood.
    My dead mother.
    All before my eyes. Gunfire, shouts, and bodies swarm into my mind as I see the vicious fight in my own hometown. I was only twelve. I didn't deserve that, nor did my eight-year-old sister, fourteen-year-old brother, or poor cat.
    "Pretty cool, right?"
    I can't hear him. I stare ahead, seeing the gore instead of the Training Center. The soldiers instead of teenagers. But now, we ARE the soldiers.
    "Terrin?" Pax's voice has a hint of concern. "Yoo-hoo!" He waves a hand in front of my face.
    "Huh?" I turn to him. "What?"
    "Oh, that's what." He grins mischieviously.
    "What?" I repeat. The wild smile look on his face is not reassuring.
    "You were checking out those guys."
    "What!? Ugh, you sicko!" I look to see, and pause. A group of teenage boys, my age, are talking by the guns. "THEM?" I ask like that's the most ridiculous suggestion I've ever heard. I wouldn't have a chance, even if I knew them.
    "Don't worry, my new friend. They'll like you." He walks over to the guns and I follow, pushing down the strong sense of foreboding.
    One of the boys I'd seen loads a gun. I feel like I know him. No, I DO... I've seen him... I'm standing near him. I consider asking him something when he aims at the target and fires.
    The last things I'm aware of are being airborne and immense pain.
    Then I black out.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    A very funny story about a family's adventures living on and rem

    A very funny story about a family's adventures living on and remodeling a barge.  I laughed out loud so many times for extended periods of time.  I'd love a sequel to this.  Great writing and story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Wonderful!

    This was a well written and wonderfully funny book. I highly recommend you read it when alone or be prepared for the stares of others who will like you have went insane when you are giggling at the family's exploits. Please pass on to the author that continuing the families story would be great for her new fans, which i am definetly one of. Rmg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    L&K

    ARGH! A cliffhanger!! Please write more!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 1, 2013

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