Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friendsGeorge and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them toa 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles thatlie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins ofpineapple chunks - not to mention the devastation left in the wake ofJ.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency.
About The Author
Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 - 1927), was born in Walsall andmoved to London with his family when he was still a young boy. Hisunusual middle name was from a Hungarian friend of his father. Jeromeleft school at fourteen, after his the death of his mother. This wasnot unusual in those days in poor families and Jerome's family wascertainly poor. Jerome started work as a railway clerk but had anartistic nature and soon spent time acting with various theatrecompanies - as well as reading in the British Museum library. His stageexperiences led to his first book On the Stage - and Off and to hisdetermination to make a living as a writer. Three Men in a Boat,published in 1889, brought him success and worldwide fame. The criticsdidn't like Jerome's humour and easy-going style but the public did.The book was a huge bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. Sales ofthe American edition reached a million copies, even though it was beingsold there illegally! The qualities the critics disliked have now madethe book a timeless classic.
Three Men in a Boat is a fictional, and hugely exaggerated, versionof an actual boat trip up the River Thames that Jerome took with twofriends. After this book's success Jerome worked as a novelist,playwright and editor. He made lecture tours, especially in the USA andcaused a scandal by publicly criticising the racism in the SouthernStates. Three Men in a Boat was his only best-seller. It was so popularin Germany that clubs were started for people to make their own boatingtrips in the style of the trip taken by Jerome and his friends.
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