The Perfect Pair

The Perfect Pair : The Mirror Cracks

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This is the second book in the dolphin trilogy The Perfect Pair, the factionalised memoir of Europe's top 1970s dolphin trainer. It reveals the plight of the captive dolphin and gives an insight into the relationship between one particular trainer and his dolphins, whisking the reader on a journey deep into the dolphin psyche. Sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes funny - always compelling. Within these pages dwells a graphic story of the plight of the commercial dolphin. However, there are also heart-warming tales of the trainers and handlers who work with them. The Perfect Pair: The Mirror Cracks is the continuation of The Perfect Pair: The Enchanted Mirror (Matador, 2012) - now a core text for the BA(Hons) English and Creative Writing Course at The University of Salford. It is an immensely personal account of a young boy's first love - a special love that takes him on a mystical journey deep into the world of the dolphin, effectively casting him into a reality that constantly questions man's overall appraisal of these very special people of the sea. It tells of a mind connection - a psychic bond so strong that it enables the boy and his dolphins to become Europe's top performing team... the best of the best. No one reading this book will ever view a dolphin in the same light again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 18mm | 402g
  • Matador
  • Leicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1783062770
  • 9781783062775
  • 910,078

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"The writing is superb... a fascinating and unique insight into the mind of the dolphin... deserves to be a best seller." William Roache, MBE, Actor; "... give copies as presents, post reviews on-line. Let's get this story the audience it deserves." Dr Ursula Hurley, MA Cantab, MA Lancaster, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; "Get the first brilliant book, The Perfect Pair: The Enchanted Mirror, then experience this sensational sequel. I guarantee you'll gobble it up..." Stephen Kingston, Editor, Salford Star; "As an animal lover, I feel the love. As a psychic, I feel the connection. As a human being, I feel that The Universe demands this story be told! Please read...this is the book of the century." Spirit Guide Cara, Psychic to the Stars; "... brilliant! An amazing book... Thanks for sharing this with me and all the other lucky readers!" Jillian Bowyer, Radio Presenter; "... if the public could actually see the plight behind the dolphin smile, they would no longer support this kind of show. At last, David and Tracy have given the public an opportunity to understand this in a beautifully written story." Simon JR Adams, BSc, BVMS, MRCVS, Zoo & Wildlife Veterinary Adviser; "Beautifully revealed by gifted wordsmiths... The second part of this enthralling story brings us an important lesson from history!" Ian Rothwell, Radio Presenter; "The author's engaging style of writing not only conveys the sad aspects of this story, but the hilarious ones as well... A very good read." Sheila Reeves-Rigby, Author; "Following hot on the heels of the brilliant first instalment... this book, The Perfect Pair: The Mirror Cracks... exposes the dark and sinister side of the dolphin entertainment industry... enlightening and engaging... highly recommended." Jerusha and Bhavna Singh, Founders of the Facebook page Captivity Kills - Don't Buy a Ticket
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About David C Holroyd

David Holroyd was first employed as a dolphin presenter at the age of 18, but was quickly promoted to trainer. On reaching the top, he left the dolphin industry and became a casino croupier. He later moved back to his roots as a signwriter and illustrator. He now also works part-time for a local radio station as an actor and writer. Tracy Holroyd has worked largely as a further education lecturer in ICT, Business Admin and Creative Writing, as well as writing short stories and articles for several national children's/teen magazines, including Shout and Cool Girl. She published two successful children's history books in 2011.
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