How to Build a Boat

How to Build a Boat

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 20/04/2023
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How to Build a Boat
Think Differently
Jamie is a singular young man. He has passions. He finds the world hard to navigate. There is a huge hole where his mother is missing from his life. Jamie ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


Jamie O'Neill loves the colour red. He also loves tall trees, patterns, rain that comes with wind, the curvature of many objects, books with dust jackets, cats, rivers and Edgar Allan Poe. At age 13 there are two things he especially wants in life: to build a Perpetual Motion Machine, and to connect with his mother Noelle, who died when he was born. In his mind these things are intimately linked. And at his new school, where all else is disorientating and overwhelming, he finds two people who might just be able to help him.

How to Build a Boat is the story of how one boy and his mission transforms the lives of his teachers, Tess and Tadhg, and brings together a community. Written with tenderness and verve, it's about love, family and connection, the power of imagination, and how our greatest adventures never happen alone.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787303454
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 422g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm

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How to Build a Boat
Booker Longlisted 2023
When the booker longlist was announced earlier this week this book was sitting quietly in my to be read towers, so obviously it had to be read asap. This b... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
How to Build a Boat
Really enjoyed this
Mostly this is a story about Jamie. At the time this book starts he is 13 and about to start at a new school. Jamie's mother died when he was born and he... READ MORE
How to Build a Boat
Powerful enduring novel
How to Build a Boat by Elaine Feeney is a moving, multi-layered story full of compassion and sensitivity. Jamie O'Neill aged thirteen is starting a new sc... READ MORE
Ciaran McLarnon
How to Build a Boat
Navigating to Her
Navigating to Her All Jamie O’Neill wants to do is to connect with the mother he lost when she died shortly after giving birth to him. He is 13 years ol... READ MORE
Michael Burke