The year is 1962 and the Cold War is raging between America and Russia. Carrying goods back and forward on a barge is not an easy life. It's a life that the young teenager Arie doesn't want for himself, he wants to live on dry land and visit museums and galleries and see the world. Arie is home from boarding school for the Christmas holidays and his father is happy to have his help taking a consignment of wool from Rotterdam to France. This may sound easy enough but with the waterways very busy and snow falling and ice in the water it makes for a long laborious journey.
The fiction books I like to read most are the ones that leave me with some knowledge of something new. Having read Valerie Poore's books on her life on the dutch waterways in a barge I new a little of the life. I didn't know what it was like to grow up on a working barge where family life and work involves everyone. It must have been a hard life, an interesting life and sometimes, I imagine, a boring life for a child, and Arie taught me that.
The Skipper's Child is reduced for kindle right now for a few days. At 99p it's a great download for any young people who have been lucky enough to receive a kindle for Christmas and also for any adult wanting a good read with no drugs, sex or bad lanuague.
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