Narrow Dog to Indian River, Paperback Book
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Having survived their voyage to Carcassonne, you might expect pensioners Terry and Monica Darlington and their whippet, Jim, to retire to a comfortable corner of their favourite pub.

But no, they looked to the New World for an extraordinary new adventure...No-one had ever sailed an English narrowboat in the US before, for reasons that became abundantly clear during the 9-month voyage of the Phyllis May - including 30-mile sea crossings, blasting heat, tornadoes, hurricanes and all manner of intimidating wildlife.

But the real danger came from the locals: the Good Ole Boys and Girls of the Deep South.

Colonels, bums, captains, planters, heroes, drunks, gongoozlers, dancing dicks and beautiful spies - they all want to meet the Brits on the narrow painted boat and their thin dog and take them home and party them to death. Beautifully written, lovingly observed, and very funny, "Narrow Dog to Indian River" takes you on a dangerous, surprising and always entertaining journey as a thousand miles of the little-known South-East Seaboard unfold at six miles an hour - the golden marshes of the Carolinas, the incomparable cities of Charleston and Savannah, and the lost arcadias of Georgia and Florida.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780553818161

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I enjoyed the first book and was pleased when this second book was published. The style has mellowed, and there is still a smile on almost every page. I think that what I like about the book is - its a suck it and see real-life adventure. No matter how well you plan, there is so much that can still go wrong. Who in their right mind would take a narrow boat on such a trip. I was saddened to hear that the Phylis May was damaged by fire. Good luck with Phylis May II.