May 29, 2019 7:53 PM - by Monty Don - Subscribe

When Monty Don's golden retriever Nigel became the surprise star of BBC Gardeners' World inspiring huge interest, fan mail and his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply. In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog; charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is a much loved family pet. He is also a star. By telling Nigel's story, Monty relates his relationships with the other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present. Witty, touching and life-affirming, Nigel: My family and other dogs is wonderfully heart-warming. Monty Don is a great writer coming out of the garden and into the hearts and homes of every dog lover in the UK.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis (1 comment total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So this is a charming book with one huge caveat- this is essentially the story of all the dogs Monty Don has ever owned. Which means yeah, there's animal death in this book. But as bittersweet as the endings of these lives are, these dogs that shared Monty Don's life are wonderful creatures that leap from the page. It's a romance of all things dog and a good palate cleanser from all the true crime books I've been reading on my commute. A breezy read for any dog lover. The book also has loads of pictures of wonderful dogs. It's a good book Bront.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:01 PM on May 29, 2019

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