Towing Path Tales

Three tales 'A Towing Path Tale', 'Different Sorts of Lessons' and 'One Christmas'. This paperback edition first published in 2016 by EUPublishing.eu and first printed in 2016 Copyright © Beatrice Holloway. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher and copyright holder. Beatrice Holloway has asserted the moral right to identify herself to be the author of this novel. ISBN 978-1-912416-55-4 TSL Publications

Dedication

This book is dedicated to Hillingdon Narrowboats Association and its volunteers (Charity No 1029007)

Prologue

Three stories in one book! How great is that!

The first story, "A Towing Path Tale" is about a boy, Bert Smith whose best friend is Princess, a horse. Princess rescues Bert from dangerous situations: BUT is she real?

Another story about Bert. "Different Sorts of Lessons" is about a strict authoritarian school and Bert, who's not used to this, is not likely to put up with it! A dangerous situation gains him a friend.

One Christmas the last story is about a Christmas Eve stroll through Brentford and Bert is lost. He values his warm coat and is set upon by thieves determined to steal it, but a friend from the past intervenes.

Acknowledgements

My thanks go to Roger Ashmore for his unstinting guidance, suggestions and getting the manuscript finally off the press.

I would like to thank members of Phrase Writers' for their support and my sons, Derek and Ray, for their enduring encouragement in my "writers's block" moments.

Thanks are also extended to Rosemary Marchant for the excellent cover design and to Dave Ferris for his splendid chapter illustrations.

Lastly, my heartfelt thanks for the Internet that makes research a less daunting task.