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Chaplin and Company by Mave Fellowes

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

A quirky and eccentric first novel, this is ostensibly about Odeline Milk, a young lady who goes to London to make her name as a mime artist. I say ostensibly because it’s also about the extraordinary cast of characters she meets on the canal where she settles on her boat and perhaps more than anything else it is about that incredible boat and the many stories it’s seen. In fact the whole book is made up of many stories, perhaps crammed in a little too tightly but nevertheless enchanting.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This debut novel is a quirky tale of an unusual young woman who goes by the name of Odeline Milk. Bequeathed an inheritance by her late mother, she has left her sleepy hometown behind and is on her way to London, determined to make her mark as a mime artist. But in the interim, she has recently acquired a brand new home in the shape of a rather neglected canal boat and what she has not sufficiently taken into account is how beguiling life in this community can become, even for one as resolutely independent as she is. Offering an alternative glimpse of London from its waterways, Fellowes has fashioned a wry and offbeat novel of palpable charm.
~ Amanda Hodges


Chaplin and Company by Mave Fellowes

Introducing...Odeline Milk, a strange young lady from a sleepy, buttoned-down market town. A young lady with an obsession - you can guess what it is by the way she dresses: white collarless shirt, a waistcoat and billowing black trousers, the bowler hat. She's on her way to London, to make her name as a great mime artist. She hopes. And typical Odeline, she's arriving prepared. With the small inheritance left her by her mother, she's bought herself a home, an old canal boat. What she doesn't know yet is that for some the city's canals have an appeal of their own. They are below the eyeline, a sort of halfworld, a good place to hide for a community of curious outsiders, all with their own stories to tell, stories which might help a certain young lady to think differently about life. Because there's a lot Odeline doesn't know. Not least, that her new home has a history of its own.

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This is a deeply quirky and very charming first novel. -- Kate Saunders The Times

It's an offbeat and magical look at London that's completely captivating. The descriptions of the city are so vivid, it's as if you're seeing them for the first time - Now Magazine

Like a stylish animated film, wry and easy and mischievous...the novel is perfectly formed, but not pat: some characters find redemption, others just carry on. -- Mark Greaves Spectator

About the Author

Mave Fellowes is thirty-two years old and lives in London. Her work has appeared in Granta and various other publications. This is her first novel. She has spent a good chunk of her life overlooking the Grand Union Canal.

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26th June 2014


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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


384 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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