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One of the boats is a Dutch barge belong to Maurice, who renamed his boat “Maurice” as soon as he learnt that he would be addressed by his boat’s name. She is the most boat-bound of the characters; although a trained musician,she now has no job, spends her days on board, and becomes almost disoriented when she has to go beyond the adjacent streets. A very busy weekend has forced me to read it slowly – which I am glad of as I have been able to savour it.

There is good-natured Maurice, by occupation a male prostitute, by chance a receiver of stolen goods. It came to her that it was wrong to pray for anything simply because you felt you needed it personally. How the market for a marine painter has dwindled since the 1920s and 30s: "After the war the number of readers who would laugh at pictures of seasick passengers, or bosuns getting the better of the second mate, diminished rapidly. Everything is of top quality - the engine, the coachwork and the interior all fill you with confidence.She is passionate about Edward, her drifting husband, who does not want to live with her; but succumbs to a one-night stand with Richard whom she considers, may be the perfect man - he knows how to fold maps - effortlessly. This is an interesting book with a cast of eccentric and intriguing people who live on houesboats along the Thames, at Battersea Reach. but there are those voices of "reason" trying to sort it out, to sort out the lives of those in the boats, who come to be known by the name of their boats, adding another layer of confusion to the story at times. However, both Nenna and Maurice possess the ability to express their feelings, which Richard says he lacks. With this and other questions waiting to be answered, Offshore offers a delightful glimpse of the workings of an eccentric community.

On Battersea Reach, a mixed bag of the temporarily lost and the patently eccentric live on houseboats, rising and falling with the tide of the Thames. I love Fitzgerald for her warm humanity, her wonderfully observant children, her bubbling wit ( The two girls sat on the wall of Old Battersea churchyard to eat their sandwiches. He came to London to study Physics at Imperial College and has lived in various parts of the city ever since.Fitzgerald tells the story seamlessly, there is flow and character to the writing, but having won the Booker, I expected something more. Having left the house abruptly, she realises when she reaches Seven Sisters Road that she has left her purse in Edward’s room, and has no money.

It’s a fairly sparse novel populated by a group of fairly run down eccentrics and despite its brevity moves at a gentle pace.

He explains 'My mother is taking your husband in, at considerable inconvenience, as a kind of paying guest' because Gordon knew Edward at school. Their dwelling is determined by something in their characters: 'They aspired towards the Chelsea shore….

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