This is the story of three young men spending their holidays in New Caledonia and deciding to start with some local sporting experiences . So they try for sailing , horse trekking , golf , Bowling , Pétanque , tennis , Cycling , bowling , Judo , Fencing , wind surfing , Rodeo etc...etc . Always , of course with more or less success, and funny experiences . In the same time they discover some of the island's life and history .The dog itself is a very special character on his own .
It is a combination of French and English humour with considerations on the French way of life and on our actual society behaviours .
It can be seen as a transposition (or suite) of the famous English classic ''Three men in a boat'' by J.K Jerôme , in a different time and different place , but the spirit is the same.
Most of the adventures and the three main characters have happened really and are still living .
The author , Didier Lucien POPPE , is more well known as an International Track and field coach , working with high performances athletes since many years at Olympics and World championships level (See U tube web site DPTHROWSCOACHING). A Frenchman , now aged 75) who has been working and travelling in many countries in the world and is now partially ''retired'' since 12 years in New Zealand , still coaching , but now publishing books
-Trois hommes (et un chien) sur un Caillou. (Jets d'Encre April 2018)
-Préavis de brèves (Jets d'Encre dec 2018)
-En brèves et contre tout (Jets d'Encre March 2019)
-La tête de Cupidon. (Theatre piece) to be published coming June
More books are on preparation
-Paroles de coach , also with an English version ready
-Scouille (Humoristic historic novels)
-Brèves sans trêve
Three men and a dog on a Rock has been translated in English by the author himself helped by NZL editor Matthew FULTON who did also the editing pre job
Original drawings have been done by Joêl DUFOUR and French sculptor and painter from Cherbourg.