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Maidens' Trip: A Wartime Adventure on the Grand Union Canal
 
 
Author
Emma Smith.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781408801253
Pages/Publication Date 225/2009
Daedalus Item Code 41293
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(Winner of the 1949 John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize) Emma Smith's first book (her second was the James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner The Far Cry) is a now-classic memoir about her wartime work with the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company. She set out with two friends on a big adventure: three 18-year-olds, freed from a middle-class background, suddenly thrust into the boating fraternity. They learn how to handle a pair of 72-foot canal boats; how to carry a cargo of steel north from London to Birmingham, and coal from Coventry; and how to splice ropes, bail out bilge water, keep the engine ticking over, and steer through tunnels. They live off of kedgeree and fried bread and jam, adopt a kitten, lose their bicycles, laugh and quarrel, and get progressively dirtier and tougher as the weeks go by. Smith's story is "wonderfully written, humorous and humane, and beautifully evocative of the time" (Independent, London).

"'It must have been an astonishing imposition for the canal people when war brought them dainty young girls to help them mind their business, clean young eager creatures with voices so pitched as to be almost impossible to understand.' So begins this joyous and rare memoir of a time when a group of girls 'in the deep sea of adolescence' work the barges in England during World War Two. One envies Emma Smith's precise and sly humour in her portrait of life on the canals, the details on the opening of a lock, and most of all the catching of that era and that adventure that now will live forever'."ŚMichael Ondaatje

 
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