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  • Published: 15 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857500632
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier




A devastating fire prompts the bestselling author of Narrow Dog to Carcassonne to go on a meandering and very funny narrow boat journey north and look back on his rather remarkable life...

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 - a story of an adventurous life well lived.

  • Pub date: 15 June 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857500632
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Terry Darlington

Terry Darlington was brought up in Wales in the early forties between a Sunderland Flying Boat base and some oil storage tanks, an ill-chosen location at the time. In Stone in Staffordshire he founded Research Associates - market research worldwide - now run by the next generation, who are much better at it than he was. He also founded Stone Master Marathoners, and as President he is still used for ceremonial purposes. He likes boating but knows nothing about it.

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Praise for Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier

“Big-hearted, ribald and rambunctious fun”

SAGA magazine

“Big-hearted, ribald and rambunctious fun”

SAGA magazine


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