Sporting Tales: The Overarm Dog

A tale of action, suspense, romance...and a dog learning the front crawl

A short story of about 30 pages available as a paperback and Kindle eBook on Amazon.

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Product Description

Back in town for a funeral, Jim feels compelled to take a diversion across the landscape of his youth and encounters the rubble of a demolished swimming pool. He experiences the vivid memory of a race from twenty years ago, although is interrupted before the race completes. Returning to the funeral reception, Jim, Catherine et al. reminisce about their friend and recall the distant summer they were last together.

The summer was like a "...staging post" as Catherine puts it. A time of freedom, but also uncertainty and perhaps a little sadness as they plan for new grown-up lives. Most memorably—courtesy of a rash bet—there is a dog learning the front crawl. "Do you think it's frivolous to spend the summer teaching a dog front crawl, while completely neglecting the pursuit of a meaningful career?" Peter asks."Definitely," Catherine replies, smiling. "Unless you succeed."

Not only does Peter have to teach his dog to swim overarm, he has to enter him for a race and (Jim has his head in his hands at this point) the dog has to win, beating Peter's arch-enemy Greg in the process. The summer ticks inexorably down to the climactic "five o'clock the first Saturday in September" and the swimming race of Jim's memory, after which everything will change. How do they get there, how does the race play out, and...well, what happens to them afterwards?

How To Buy

Purchase the book at (UK), (US), or see the List of Locations below for all countries. Select either the Kindle Edition or Paperback format box.
Price: Ebook = 99p (UK), 99c (US); Paperback = £2.90 (UK), $3.60 (US). Equivalent prices are charged for other currencies and countries.

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Full List of Locations

The story is available at the following Amazon sites. These links take you to the Kindle Edition. To choose the Paperback click on the format box labelled Paperback. The paperback version is only available at the following sites: UK, US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. (To directly access the Paperback, replace B00AFZG26Q with 148191295X in the url.) (Amazon UK site) or (Amazon US site) (Amazon France) (Amazon Germany) (Amazon Italy site) (Amazon Spain site) (Amazon Netherlands site) (Amazon Canada site) (Amazon Australia site) (Amazon India site) (Amazon Japan site) (Amazon Mexico site) (Amazon Brazil site)

It's also on Goodreads at

The book was previously available on Smashwords. I've taken it off since you have to be exclusive to Amazon to take advantage of their promotions, and I didn't sell on Smashwords—but I'll continue to monitor the situation.


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