NARROW DOG - 2014/15

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November 3 2014 – Jim died on Friday, peacefully, in our arms.  We picked him up as a puppy and with Jess he was our best friend for fourteen years.  A grand old age, said the vet.  It had been sad to see his puzzlement when his athletes’ body no longer would obey him.  We shall always see him in his pomp, racing at forty miles an hour, or feel his warmth next to us on the sofa.  He enjoyed good health all his life and we had such joy of him that we cannot complain that he is taken from us.  He will live on, for a time at least, in my books.

How small a part of time they share, that art so wondrous sweet and fair.

Terry and Monica Darlington sail the waterways on their narrowboat Phyllis May 2.  Terry writes books; Monica acts as his manager, and Jim and Jess act as their dogs.

Picture - Chris Hill

Terry Darlington

Terry was brought up during the war between an oil terminal and a flying boat base.  He survived and went to Oxford, where he passed unnoticed.

In Stone Staffordshire he founded Research Associates, the research firm, and Stone Master Marathoners, the running club.

Like many Welshmen, Terry is talkative and confiding, ill at ease with practical matters, and known to linger in public houses.  He likes boating but isn’t very good at it.

Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, Narrow Dog to Indian River, and Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier have together sold nearly a quarter of a million copies.

If you press the Meet the Author button Terry will speak to you in English.

Monica Darlington

Monica’s father was a gardener and her mother a housemaid, or perhaps it was the other way round.

She was Beauty queen of Brecon and Radnorshire, has a first class degree, has run thirty marathons, and leaps tall buildings with a single bound.

Her three children have all reproduced themselves, suggesting that she and Terry are the same species.

She quite likes boating but knows little about it.

Jim and Jess

Brynula Great Expectations (Jim) is a fawn whippet sprung from a long line of dogs with ridiculous names.  He can run at forty miles an hour.  He is cowardly, thieving, and disrespectful and hates boating.

Jess is a rescue bitch that appears to be a whippet.  She can run faster than Jim.  She is more affectionate than Jim, but equally cowardly and thieving.  She really really hates boating.


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