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Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier

Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier

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By (author) Terry Darlington

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At seventy-five, Terry and Monica Darlington had done everything they could think of doing, including starting a business and becoming athletes and running a literary society. Lately they had become boating adventurers and Terry a bestselling writer. But in their Midlands canal town in November, life was looking dull and short on surprises. Then their famous canal boat was destroyed by fire. Within a few days they had bought a new one and soon headed north in the Phyllis May 2 - to Liverpool, Lancaster, the Pennines and Wigan Pier. Terry recorded the journey, and alongside it the story of his life and his marriage and his dog Jim, with his broken ear like a flat cap, and Monica's dog Jess, known with heartbreaking reason as the Flying Catastrophe. Funny, affecting and beautifully told, this is a story that brims with incident and excitement, and is full of the famous and fascinating people the Darlingtons have met. And there is sadness too of course - it is the true story of an adventurous life well lived.

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TERRY DARLINGTON was an athlete and a businessman before becoming a writer. Like many Welshmen, he is ill at ease with practical matters and known to linger in public houses. He likes boating, but is not very good at it. MONICA DARLINGTON was beauty queen of Brecon and Radnor, has a first-class degree, has run thirty marathons, and leaps tall buildings with a single bound. She quite likes boating. JIM is sprung from a long line of whippets with ridiculous names. He is cowardly, thieving, and disrespectful and hates boating. JESS is a rescue whippet. She is affectionate but three parts wild. She really really hates boating.

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"Big-hearted, ribald and rambunctious fun" SAGA magazine "Big-hearted, ribald and rambunctious fun" SAGA magazine "Full of humour...I wholeheartedly recommend this gentle tale of two pensioners and their adventures as it's great fun" SOUTH WALES ARGUS "A memorable trip...narrated in Terry's surreal style, with the whimsical humour that has proved so popular" THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE "Terry Darlington's light-hearted travelogue combines some genuinely light-hearted moments with fascinating facts" COMPASS magazine

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Full of humour...I wholeheartedly recommend this gentle tale of two pensioners and their adventures as it's great fun

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At seventy-five, Terry and Monica Darlington had done everything they could think of doing, including building a business, becoming athletes and running a literary society. Lately they had become boating adventurers and Terry a bestselling writer. But in their Midlands canal town in November, life was looking dull and short on surprises. Then their famous canal boat was destroyed by fire. Within a few days they had bought a new one and they headed north in the Phyllis May 2 – to Liverpool, Lancaster, York, the Pennines and Wigan Pier. Terry recorded the journey and alongside it the story of his life and his marriage and his whippet Jim, with a broken ear like a flat cap, and Monica’s whippet Jess, the Flying Catastrophe. Funny, affecting and beautifully told, this story brims with canals and rivers and whippets, and adventures all over the world, and the famous and fascinating people the Darlingtons have met. It’s another classic Narrow Dog book.