Jerome Klapka Jerome was an English writer and humourist. His novel Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, remains one of the best-loved and most entertaining comic novels ever penned. There are four of them - George, Harris, the writer himself and that dog, Montmorency - all participants in a boating expedition on the Thames. The book was intended initially to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history of places along the route, but the humorous elements eventually took over and the jokes seem fresh and witty even today. Jerome's characters proved to be so popular that he brought them back for an equally picaresque bicycle tour of Germany, an adventure recorded in Three Men on the Bummel.