Review published on June 27, 2017.
When I was asked if I was interested in reviewing this book it immediately captured my imagination. The idea of a man travelling on the canals to London on a raft with a piano and a rocking chair to win back his girlfriend is such an engaging one.
This is my first book by Sara Alexi and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s like the Harold Fry of canals. Neil sets off on his journey and meets so many interesting people along the way. He takes his dog, Bushy-Mush, with him and ends up with a kitten called Fuzzy-Pants too.
The Piano Raft is such an endearing story. It’s all about finding out what’s important to you and going out and getting it, but not trampling all over everybody to do so. Neil is somebody who has been drifting and when his girlfriend, Kimberley, leaves him for a job in London he’s upset but it’s when he gets drunk one night and the next morning finds himself drifting away on the raft that his journey (hopefully) back to Kim begins.
I liked Neil as a character, in fact I liked everybody in this lovely book. Sleet is his best friend and his partner in apathy but still hugely likeable. And the people Neil meets on his journey are so colourful and interesting, particularly Quentin.
Sara Alexi has a lovely writing style. At no time did this book get overly sentimental, yet it was so charming. I’m so glad I decided to read it as it was a real pleasure.
Nicola Smith 4/4
The Piano Raft by Sara Alexi
9781520439778 pbk Jan 2017