EXTRACT FROM THE NEW BOOK
“I am old and I’ve been around and have lots of memories.
I have been much blessed but like most of us I have made a lot of mistakes, suffered my share of humiliations, caused unfair grief to the innocent and generally ballsed up any amount of stuff. Now it was all coming back to me.
Sometimes you are moored on the side of the cut and you have no fenders because they came off at the last lock. When a boat comes by you swing against the side, but not with a thud, with a hard knock that runs up your whole body.
This is how the memories were returning – my mental fenders had gone and I was crashing against the follies of my past.”
Narrow Dog to Wigan Pier by Terry Darlington is published by Bantam, priced £9.99.