|Author||A. P. Herbert|
The Water Gipsies is a romantic comedy novel by the British writer A. P. Herbert, which was first published in 1930. It portrays the adventures of Jane Bell and her sister Lily, who operate a barge along England's rivers and canals. Jane enjoys several romantic entanglements during the story.
The novel is Herbert's best-known work, and reflected his lifelong love of British waterways. He lived in Hammersmith Terrace, and a thinly disguised version of The Dove pub appears as The Pigeons.
In 1932 the novel was made into a film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Ann Todd as Jane Bell. It was the last film made by Associated Talking Pictures at Beaconsfield Studios before relocating to Ealing.