The writers and poets collected within this delectable anthology reflect on the joys and pitfalls of dog ownership with wit and affection. From Roald Amundsen’s account of using sled dogs in his expedition to the South Pole to J.R. Ackerley’s tender portrayal of his ill-behaved dog Tulip, On Dogs traces the canine’s journey from working animal to pampered pet. With a humorous introduction by Tracey Ullman (an inveterate adopter of strays), and 6 arresting dog portraits by international photographer Rhian ap Gruffydd. The perfect gift for dog-lovers.Read more
This is the most beautiful book I have ever seen.
OJ Borg, Steve Wright in the Afternoon Show, BBC Radio 2
The infectious joy of dogs figures large in On Dogs: An anthology, introduced by the actor and comedian Tracey Ullman. Although she is a devoted dog-lover, who hopes to die “covered in cashmere blankets and lots and lots of dogs”, the selections in the anthology are not all feel-good. Several are dark or poignant pieces on a dog’s death; others offer sour or sardonic comments on pet dogs. The collection is an eclectic mixture drawn from fiction, poems, anecdotes, and scientific or philosophical essays.
David E. Cooper, Times Literary Supplement
This elegant pocketsize tribute to our most loyal friends is realised in excerpts from novels, poems and literary theory. Charming inclusions like Lord Byron’s epitaph for a Newfoundland and John Steinbeck’s accounts of his travels with his poodle are balanced with texts that take the dog’s perspective: Buck’s return to his nature in Jack London’s The Call of the Wild (1903) for example, and Virginia Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness narration of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s spaniel, the aptly named Flush. Something to, err, chew on.
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A classy book, and a perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything.
Jo Good, Radio London
With an impressive list of contributors, On Dogs is sure to entertain. Illustrated with photographs by photographer Rhian Ap Gruffydd and a cover image of Picasso’s dachshund Lump, stories range from Roald Amundsen’s account of using sled dogs on his expedition to the South Pole to J.R. Ackerley’s portrayal of his ill-behaved dog Tulip.
We’re very fond of Notting Hill Editions collections of subject-specific writing but are particularly taken by On Dogs. Bite-size canine writing punctuated by photos of slightly startled breeds and featuring an intro by Tracey Ullman. Tough to not love.
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