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So Triss didn’t arrive in time for me to start it after finishing The Borrowers Afield so instead I decided to carry on with Mary Norton’s series in the mean time.

Our family of three, Pod, Homily and Arrietty are living with their relations, Hendreary, Lupy and their children in the gamekeeper’s cottage, but when the gamekeeper is taken ill he has to leave for hospital and his grandson Tom also moves out. Since borrowers depend on the presence of humans to survive they quickly realise that they won’t be able to stay in the house much longer and so plan to move out. With Spiller’s help they exit the establishment via a drain floating downstream in a wooden knife box as they travel to the miniature village of Little Fordham.

The Borrowers Afloat is a more eventful and exciting book than its predecessor although it takes a little while to get going while the two families discuss their predicament. The escape from the house is a breathless and vividly described sequence and there’s plenty of more excitement after that. Mary Norton doesn’t quite make the most of the scenario at times however and the book doesn’t feel like an evolution of the series. There are few surprises and you get nothing more than you expect.

This third book keeps the series ticking along quite nicely, maintaining its quirkiness and comedy and continuing to charm.


An improved third outing that serves as a nice addition to the series but doesn’t excel like the original. Fans and youngsters will still enjoy it.