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In their seventies Terry and Monica Darlington travelled widely in their narrowboat Phyllis May, in England, France and the USA.  Terry wrote books about their adventures.  Monica acted as his manager and Jim and Jess acted as their dogs.

Terry Darlington

Terry was brought up during the war between an oil terminal and a flying boat base.  He survived and went to Oxford, where he passed unnoticed.

In Stone Staffordshire he founded Research Associates, the research firm, and Stone Master Marathoners, the running club.

Like many Welshmen, Terry is talkative and confiding, ill at ease with practical matters, and known to linger in public houses.  He likes boating but isn’t very good at it.

Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, Narrow Dog to Indian River, and Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier have together sold more than a quarter of a million copies.

Monica Darlington

Monica’s father was a gardener and her mother a housemaid, or perhaps it was the other way round.

She was Beauty queen of Brecon and Radnorshire, has a first class degree, has run thirty marathons, and leaps tall buildings with a single bound.

Her three children have all reproduced themselves, suggesting that she and Terry are the same species.

She quite likes boating but knows little about it.


Jess is a rescue bitch that may be a whippet.  She is more affectionate than Jim,  but just as cowardly and thieving.  She really really hates boating.

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