AFLOAT – Out April 2019.

Standing on the banks of a London canal, drowning in the rush of city life, twenty-five year old Danie Couchman makes an impulsive decision: to cash in her savings, buy a narrowboat and make it her home. She must survive off-grid on the capital’s waterways where every day is an adventure. And she must cope with the sense of vulnerability that comes from being a young woman alone in London’s edgelands. Gradually, at the helm of her new boat Genesis, and with the help of her dog Mango, nomadic Danie finds friendship, love and maybe a place to settle amidst the eccentric itinerant community that calls London’s historic waterways home.

AFLOAT is a brilliantly frank and fresh memoir about a young woman’s desire to escape the rat race and reconnect with what is important in life. 30-year-old Danie Couchman tells her canal-boat story as she lived it, with all its highs and lows, and yet it is rich with the pressing themes of our times: the loneliness and alienation of city living, the millennial housing crisis, the appeal of off-grid ‘slow living’, the yearning for community, day-to-day adventure and a connection to nature.

Combining romance and gritty realism it is a very special book that recalls aspects of Amy Liptrot’s THE OUTRUN or WILD by Cheryl Strayed but creates a watery world all of its own. Who hasn’t wondered what it might be like to live on a canal boat? Now you’ll know.

Water World
The River Lea

Danie Couchman’s first book, AFLOAT, about her search for community and adventure aboard a narrowboat on London’s waterways, will be published by Quadrille in April 2019. Danie studied Broadcast Journalism, and won Broadcaster of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards in 2008. Having begun her career as a local radio reporter and newsreader, she has worked as a TV continuity writer/announcer and voice-over artist in London for the past nine years. As a writer she has contributed to the Canal & River Trust’s magazine Waterfront and wellbeing publication The Simple Things.

Danie was born in Germany and has lived in Belgium, Ireland and England in seventeen houses and three boats. After five years of living on London’s waterways she’s soon to be settling on land close to the sea in Devon. Danie enjoys wild swimming, and slow adventures with her dog, Mango.

Danie’s first book ‘AFLOAT’ will be out April 2019.


Literary agent

Rebecca Carter

Janklow & Nesbit UK
13A Hillgate Street
W8 7SP

Voice over agent

Natalie Holiday
+44 (0)207 307 7446

James Thake
+44 (0)207 307 7446

74 Great Titchfield Street,


Quadrille Publishing
Pentagon House
52-54 Southwark St

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