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Boogie Up the River: One Man and His Dog to the Source of the Thames Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Aug 1990

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books; Large Print edition edition (Aug. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850892873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850892878
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,762,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered this author when I was reading another travel type book and the book was mentioned in passing.... I m so glad I looked the author up and downloaded this book. The author tells a good tale ... or should that be tail ?? about his travels with his dog.. to find the source of the Thames ... the dog that no one wants to look after,, the dog that farts and eats anything and everything... the dog that falls in the river and drenches everyone within reach when he gets out. Its funny in places... will his girl friend ever put him first and work second and turn up to meet him on his travels ?? I loved this book . Im a cat person but Boogie the dog has changed that ..... a bit .
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Disappointing. This could have been an engaging travel adventure, but the author decided it needed the inclusion of humour and a relationship thread, neither of which were needed. The humour is formulaic, based on weak running gags, the sort of thing David Nobbs does very well. As for the laborious absent girlfriend sub-plot, I can only think it was put in to make up the word count. Boogie is a string of dog clichés and fails to be credible. What's left is a very pleasing little adventure through England, at times well observed, and quite engaging in its eye for detail. And this would have been enough with a few light hearted reflections.
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This book is brilliant, romantic, funny, warm, witty. Everything Mark Wallington writes is genius. Why people waste their life playing candy crush nonsense when they could be reading stuff like this, I dunno.
BTW publishers are obsessed with books being "laugh out loud funny". It's not like 8 out of 10 cats or whatever. It will make you smile lots though and you will think the world a better place that this book is in it.
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I bought this because I heard part of a semi-dramatised version on the radio and found it entertaining. I enjoyed reading the book at the time but now, a few weeks later, I can't remember much about it, so, not a very memorable book. Ideal non-taxing reading for a long boring train journey I'd say.
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I enjoyed this book, light reading and very amusing. I will have to visit Cricklade as it is not far from here. Loved the owls.

I have Bonkers - the cat version of Boogie. He tries to hypnotise you into giving him biscuits by staring at you for minutes on end - very unnerving. He likes to collet things such as rubber bands and string which he keeps in his biscuit bowl when not in use - he needs his own cupboard really...........
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I first stumbled across this very funny book when it was serialized in the Telegraph.I folded the paper away &
hot footed it down to my local book shop to hunt it out,(this was in the days before Amazon!)
Having recently read Red Dog by Loius de Bernieres it struck me that Boogie would have had a soul mate!
A travel story with a difference, as Mark sets off in a old boat to find the source of the river Thames. The idea sounds wonderful except that Boogie the dog must come and a girlfriend who has other 'excuses' to be on dry land!.
A very funny easy read, to accompany you while sunbathing in your English back garden.
For dog lovers everywhere.
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Great to read these 2 books again. Living in the West Country and knowing many areas mentioned, and having a friend who has just rowed down the Thames in an old skiff made them even more interesting. And a good chuckle too!
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Mark Wallington has a wonderful writing technique. He is very funny and captures Boogie's character so you really feel the dog is human. This makes you empathise with him. I love the repetitive humour that follows through the book when people make comments about the dog. I couldn't put the book down and read through it in a day or two. Having read 500-mile Walkies and Walkies, Up The Penine Way also by Mark, I can't wait to read The Day Job and Destination Lapland which are the other two I need to get stuck into.
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