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Terry Darlington
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7 April 2008

Having survived their voyage to Carcassonne, you would expect pensioners Terry and Monica Darlington and their whippet, Jim, to retire to a comfortable corner of their favourite public house. But no, they looked to the New World for their extraordinary new adventure...

No-one has ever sailed an English narrowboat in the US before, for reasons that become 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 comes from 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 painted boat and their thin dog and take them home and party them to death. And from the Phyllis May, 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.

Beautifully written, lovingly observed, and very funny, Narrow Dog to Indian River takes you on a dangerous, surprising and always entertaining journey.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593056914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593056912
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Terry Darlington was brought up in Pembroke Dock during the war, between a Sunderland flying boat base and an oil terminal.

He survived and moved to Staffordshire, where he founded Research Associates, the international market research firm, and Stone Master Marathoners, the running club.

Like many Welshmen he is talkative and confiding, but ill at ease with practical matters and liable to linger in public houses.

He likes boating but knows nothing about it.

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'A classic of the genre' -- Th Independent

'Highly entertaining...combines the pioneering spirit of the Wild West with the best in armchair travel'
-- The Lady


'Highly entertaining...combines the pioneering spirit of the Wild West with the best in armchair travel'

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good a book as I have ever read! 13 April 2008
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed "Narrow Dog to Carcassone" I was eagerly awaiting the Darlington's next adventure: "Narrow Dog to Indian River" and had it pre-ordered. It did not dissappoint and was as good a book as I have ever read!

Who will enjoy this book? Anyone with an interest in boating for a start, particularly those who wondered whether narrowboats were really limited to plodding up and down the UK canal system! How wrong we were! But before you set out it makes you aware of considerations you may never have thought about! (leaping lizards Batman?)

The story is bigger than a boating adventure though because it shows us that in retirement it is still possible to push the boundaries and have real adventures! It also proves that it is possible to be extremely amusing at the same time as being extremely scared! Terry Darlington's writing style is unique and his descriptions of the people they meet on the journey are closely observed and he finds the irony in every situation.

This book should be given to every employee on a "facing retirement" course. You should buy it for your Dad or your favourite Uncle! Better still, read it yourself!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reading 13 April 2008
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I read this book and its predecessor, "Narrow dog to Carcassonne", in three days. They are now established as two of my all time favourites.These books describe the extraordinary travels of Terry and Monica Darlington (and not forgetting their whippet, Jim) on their narrowboat, the "Phillis May" firstly to France, including crossing the channel and in this book, down the Eastern coast of America. However, these are so much more than just travel books. While they are terribly funny, they are quite beautifully written, in a style unlike anyone that I've read before. Terry Darlington's descriptions of people, conversations, places, and weather carried me along. I lived the trips with them. If you need to be carried away, charmed, amused, buy these books - you'll love them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for retirees 5 Aug 2008
I have just finished Narrow Dog to Indian River, purchased because I so enjoyed the first book Narrow Dog to Carcassonne. I thoroughly enjoyed them both and do not hesitate to recommend them to anybody who enjoys travellers tales and dry humour.Terry and Monica are a particular inspiration to people about to, or are already retired, as the books prove that if you enjoy moderate good health there is still so much you can achieve, whatever your age.
Ian Joyce.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Narrow Escape 17 May 2010
By G. M. Sinstadt VINE VOICE
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This is not a book to read on a train or plane or in any situation where others might be annoyed or bewildered by sudden outbreaks of mirth. Like its predecessor, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, it is a very funny book; Terry Darlington has a sharp sense of humour and an instinct for timing. But, like its predecessor, Narrow Dog to Indian River is not just a funny book. It is a perceptive view of a little-known route through the United States and its people, a journey of more than a thousand miles down the Intracoastal Waterway in a boat that was, to put it carefully, not really fit for that particular purpose.

Moreover, Terry and his wife, Monica, are in their seventies, better suited to their base on the Trent and Mersey Canal which is mostly seven feet wide. Traversing the Intracoastal entails navigating vast stretches of open water with no land visible on any side. What's moreover, they are accompanied by the eponymous Narrow Dog. Jim is a whippet of character- "The eyes of Princess Diana, the legs of Sebastian Coe, the mind of Ronnie Biggs."

As the adventures unroll, some amusing, some touching, some informative, some critical, the reader may think that the author has felt entitled to use a certain amount of licence - not with the facts but perhaps with the chronology: there is a sense of a master story-teller at work, shaping the narrative for balance, dropping in allusions the reader is assumed to be intelligent enough to recognise, seasoning the mix with verse.

Hard to resist, easy to admire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 25 July 2008
A friend of mine bought me the first book (Narrow Dog to Carcassonne) as a birthday present. I've never read a book that made me laugh out loud so much. Brilliant. I was delighted to see the new book on sale and bought it immediately. I confess to saving it till I had time to sit down and really enjoy it. The stories and anecdotes are excellent, but it's the way the books are written that make them for me. Jim, the dog, is tremendous. The two books are fantastic and provide hours of pleasure. Thanks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 5 May 2008
Having heard Terry and Monica on Radio 4 recently I bought a copy of Narrow Dog to Indian River to pass the time recovering after a rather unpleasant operation in hospital - and the time (and the book) flew by. I thought my stitches would come out with laughter at several moments (particularly the cat/handbag incident and the "your rat" phenomenon) but more than that it was thoughtful, provoking, honest, inspiring and very, very touching. It is wonderful to know that there are still people such as them who are crazy/brave enough to go out and do crazy/brave things just because (they hope) they can. Thank you Terry, Monica and of course Jim for sharing your experiences - can't wait to read the first book now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait............. start reading the second book. I wasn't sure I'd warm to a tale set in the USA but I'm pleasantly surprised.
Once again it draws you back for more. Read more
Published 1 day ago by K. Laurence
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of these books
I was not disappointed by this book another good read. Having read them all I am not sure which is the best. Excellent light holiday read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Narrow Dog to Indian River
It was what I had expected. Not new, but in decent condition. I am very satisfied with it and hoprfuuly enjoy it
Published 1 month ago by Comfy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
After having read narrow dog to Carcassonne I couldn't wait for the next adventure and Indian river did not disappoint it was as witty and as full of fun as the first book
Published 1 month ago by reeddavej
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I think they are absolutely mad doing this trip, but it was fascinating reading and I sort of held my breath about whether they would really manage the trip because I suspect Terry... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MrsS
3.0 out of 5 stars story of one persons acheivments
i must admit to being disappointed i expected to be following this adventure and be enthralled by the man,s descriptions of the journey and the attitude of the people he met and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by frederick andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly amusing entertaining and informative
Terry Darlington at his best, full of humour knowledge and Literary quotes. Would appeal yo anyone witha sense of humour andlove of travel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
Not too demanding and quite a gentle read. The sort of read to have whilst having a glass of wine.
Published 4 months ago by j22
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2nd book in series from Terry Darlington
Incredible story about incredible people. One of the best travel books ever. I'd recommend it to anyone who can read in English.
Published 5 months ago by Mr C Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Desert Island books
I cannot praise the Narrow Dog books enough. Heart stopping adventures, masterly prose and so many laugh out loud moments. Read more
Published 8 months ago by beetlehead
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