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"We could bore ourselves to death, drink ourselves to death, or have a bit of an adventure..." It was absurd. It was foolhardy. And it was glorious. When they retired, Terry Darlington and his somewhat saner wife Monica—together with their dog, a whippet named Jim—chucked their earthbound life and set out in an utterly unseaworthy sixty-foot canal narrowboat across the notoriously treacherous English Channel and down to the South of France.

Aboard the Phyllis May, you’ll dive through six-foot waves in the Channel and be swept down the terrible Rhône. You’ll meet the French nobody meets—poets, captains, scholars, madmen; they all want to know the couple on the painted boat and their narrow dog. You’ll visit the France nobody knows—the backwaters of Flanders, the canals beneath Paris, and the forbidden routes to the wine-dark Mediterranean Sea. Aliens, trolls, gongoozlers, killer fish, and the walking dead all stand between our two-person, one-whippet crew and their goal: the ancient, many-towered city of Carcassonne.

A tale of travel, travail, dubious wine, a balky pump, and a boat built for only a few feet of water, this exuberantly inventive and hugely entertaining odyssey of the spirit, senses, and heart will enchant lovers of France, England, and all that lies between.

Synopsis:

The author describes how, after they retired, he and his wife sailed their canal narrowboat across the English Channel to the South of France, accompanied by their whippet Jim, despite warnings from experts on the dangers of the voyage, offering an account of the difficult trip and the colorful characters, experiences, and culture they encountered along the way to Carcassonne. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The hilarious and true story of two senior-citizens and their whippet dog who hatch, plan and carry out a “lunatic scheme” to sail from Stone in Staffordshire to Carcassonne in the South of France.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Terry Darlington was brought up in Pembroke Dock, Wales, during the war, between a flying-boat base and an oil terminal. He survived and moved to Staffordshire, where he founded Research Associates, an international market research firm, and Stone Master Marathoners, a running club. Like many Welshmen, he is talkative and confiding, ill at ease with practical matters, and liable to linger in pubs. He likes boating but knows nothing about it.

Following the publication of Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, Terry, his wife Monica, and their whippet Jim planned to sail the Phyllis May down the Intracoastal Waterway from Virginia to Florida—an adventure which, should they survive it, will be the subject of their next book, Narrow Dog to Indian River, coming from Delta in 2009.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440337560
Publisher:
Delta
Subject:
Travel : Europe - Great Britain - General
Author:
Terry Darlington
Author:
Terry Darlington
Subject:
Travel : Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Boats and boating
Subject:
Rivers
Subject:
France Description and travel.
Subject:
Boats and boating -- France.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
Audio Books-Travel
Subject:
Audio Books-Travel Writing
Subject:
Travel-Great Britain
Subject:
Travel Writing-Europe
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080325
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

Related Subjects

Transportation » Nautical » Ships and Ship History
Travel » Europe » France
Travel » Europe » Great Britain
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 336 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780440337560 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author describes how, after they retired, he and his wife sailed their canal narrowboat across the English Channel to the South of France, accompanied by their whippet Jim, despite warnings from experts on the dangers of the voyage, offering an account of the difficult trip and the colorful characters, experiences, and culture they encountered along the way to Carcassonne. Original. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The hilarious and true story of two senior-citizens and their whippet dog who hatch, plan and carry out a “lunatic scheme” to sail from Stone in Staffordshire to Carcassonne in the South of France.

From the Hardcover edition.

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