The Dragonfly


Moving story of a grandfather getting to know his granddaughter on a boat trip through France while trying to help his son prove his innocence of a heinous crime.

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The Dragonfly 

by Kate Dunn

Voted Best Indie Book 2017 by Kirkus Reviews and awarded a Kirkus Blue Star Shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for Fiction

“Quirky and warm-hearted, with darker undertones that keep you gripped. Kate Dunn is a fine storyteller.” Ben Elton

When Colin goes to Paris to help his son clear his name of a terrible crime, he trails his beloved little boat The Dragonfly across the Channel so he will have a place to stay. Thrown together with Delphine, his grandchild, for the summer holidays, he takes her on an adventure along the picturesque French canals in a bid to cheer her up.

Delphine soon proves to be as challenging to her grandfather as the winding waterways and hazardous locks, but as they travel south through Burgundy ‘until the butter melts’, they land big fish, cultivate new loves and slowly the ice in each of them begins to thaw.

But what of Colin’s son languishing in a French jail? How will this unlikely pair ever get him off the hook?


“This emotional high-wire act should have readers racing to the end.” Kirkus Reviews

“You’ll find yourself turning the pages compulsively in your bid to get to the denouement of one of this year’s best thrillers set on the French waterways.”

“… incredibly easy to fall into The Dragonfly and difficult to put down.” Professional Bookworm

“The Dragonfly by Kate Dunn is a fascinating story and well worth a read.” Books of All Kinds

“A charming family drama set on the canals (and in the prisons!) of France.” Claire King, author of Everything Love Is


About the author

Kate Dunn comes from a long line of writers and actors. Her books include: Exit Through the Fireplace: The Great Days of Rep (John Murray) and Do Not Adjust Your Set: The Early Days of Live Television (John Murray), Always and Always: the Wartime Letters of Hugh and Margaret Williams (John Murray) and the novels Rebecca’s Children (Headline) and The Line Between Us (Endeavour Press).


Praise for other works

“An accomplished first novel.” on Dunn’s Rebecca’s Children

“A heart-rending love story inspired by one of the unsung tragedies of the Second World War, the sinking of the Lancastria.” Joanna Lumley on The Line Between Us







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