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Bel Mooney is a journalist with almost forty years' experience. Well-known to millions for her advice columns, first for the Times and now in the Daily Mail, as well as countless programmes for radio and television. Bel lives in Bath and London with her husband, Robin and of course, her dog Bonnie.
Another doggy memoir I thought on picking this up, I’ll read this first, it won’t take long... Well, spectacular misjudgement on my part. This is no pot-boiler, it’s a deeply charged and passionate look at the role of companion animals set against the author’s own experience of traumatic life events. It was chance Bel Mooney found Bonnie and this tiny dog was the lifesaver she needed. Dogs give unconditional love and when life falls apart their constancy is invaluable. Interspersed throughout the book are observations and insights into the role of companion animals and there is always adorable, irrepressible Bonnie. A really captivating book, hard to put down and definitely not just another doggy memoir. Like for Like ReadingDog Years, Mark DotyWalking Ollie: Winning the Love of a Difficult Dog, Stephen Foster
June 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Daily Mail advice columnist Bel Mooney explores how her rescue dog Bonnie has seen her through the hard times in Small Dogs Can Save Your Life.
When her beloved small dog died, Bel Mooney was astonished at the depth of her ongoing sorrow. Sharing her loss online and in a newspaper article brought a deluge of responses, spurring Bel to explore these feelings further. Why do humans mourn pets? Can animals themselves grieve - and do they have souls? In Goodbye, Pet & See You in Heaven, Bel sets off on an emotional journey to learn more about pet bereavement. She is astounded by inexplicable 'signs' of her dog's spirit, watches Bonnie's ashes being turned into glass, talks to experts and discusses the mysterious enduring energy of love. She discovers why Ancient Egyptians mummified animals and what different faiths, myths, writers and scientists have to say. She also looks back over her own life and reflects on lessons learned from companion animals - and from wildlife too. As informative as it is deeply moving, Goodbye, Pet is an intensely personal, uplifting look at the love we share with pets, both in life and afterwards. Enriched by heartfelt stories and inspirational words, it is a book to be treasured by anyone who has ever loved an animal.
When her beloved small dog died, Bel Mooney was astonished at the depth of her ongoing sorrow. Sharing her loss online and in a newspaper article brought a deluge of responses, spurring Bel to explore these feelings further. Why do humans mourn pets? Can animals themselves grieve - and do they have souls? In Goodbye, Pet & See You in Heaven, Bel sets off on an emotional journey to learn more about pet bereavement.She is astounded by inexplicable 'signs' of her dog's spirit, watches Bonnie's ashes being turned into glass, talks to experts and discusses the mysterious enduring energy of love. She discovers why Ancient Egyptians mummified animals and what different faiths, myths, writers and scientists have to say about animals and the afterlife. She also looks back over her own life and reflects on lessons learned from companion animals - and from wildlife too.As informative as it is deeply moving, Goodbye, Pet is an intensely personal, uplifting look at the love we share with pets, both in life and afterwards. Enriched by heartfelt stories and inspirational words, it is a book to be treasured by anyone who has ever loved an animal.
A story that tugs on the heartstrings, perfect for children learning to read. It's Kitty's birthday and she is given a trendy new doll, Suki. Mr Tubs is pleased Kitty is happy, but now it's Suki who Kitty takes everywhere. Mr Tubs doesn't mind waiting for Kitty to remember him, but he wishes she'd hurry up. When Mum gives him to Tom, the baby, Mr Tubs is happy to be useful again. But Kitty is furious. And Tom needs looking after - Mr Tubs can't just leave him now! The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. * Clear type * Up to 8 lines per page * Bright, appealing pictures for added interest * A variety of sentence structures * A wider range of vocabulary * Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple
For over forty years, Bel Mooney has been one of this country's best-loved journalists and authors, and her hugely popular Daily Mail advice column reaches six million people every week. Far from being a detached and abstract figure, Bel doesn't shy away from sharing her own life experiences of grief, forgiveness and joy with her devoted readers, making her column at once both distinctly personal and thoroughly universal in relevance.A lifeline for many, some of her wise, compassionate and unflinchingly honest words of good counsel are gathered together here for the first time. This selection includes problems, responses and some of the wide-ranging mini essays that appear in the Mail as 'And Finally'. Punctuated by some of Bel's favourite uplifting quotations, this collection also includes 'what happened next' with some of those who received Bel's wisdom - be it about love, loss, break-ups or breakdowns.A heartfelt and inspirational collection, full of valuable insights and prefixed by a wide-ranging and candid introduction reflecting on what being an advice columnist has taught her, Bel Mooney's Lifelines is a book readers will return to again and again, each time discovering something new in the process.
A gripping story about a young girl's turmoil during the revolution in Romania. Before she knows it, everything in thirteen-year-old Flora Popescu's life has changed. Her parents, her best friend Alys, and the restricted life she has always known in their Bucharest tower block are distanced from her - and Daniel, the mysterious new boy at school, seems to be the cause. Flora likes him, but why can't everybody else trust him too? She thinks of her father's words: People like us can't afford the luxury of new friends. Then, just as she is making sense of her divided loyalties, Flora discovers that only she alone can save her father's life.
Bonnie, the tiny, fluffy, white dog, is back and learning all about being brave in this great adventure story. I want to visit Dad, said Harry, but I'm not going without Bonnie. Harry's dad lives in London now and he wants Harry to come and visit. But Harry can't go without Bonnie - who else will help him to be brave when he sees Dad's new life in the big city? But Bonnie's about to have an adventure of her own - one which will show everybody that you don't have to be big to be brave...
Bonnie the tiny white dog takes on the great outdoors in her fifth adventure. Camping's not for girls - or girlie dogs! said Zack. This is a boys-only survival adventure! Harry and Zack are planning a camping trip in the wild outdoors. There's only one rule: no girls allowed - and that includes Bonnie. But Busy Dog Bonnie has other ideas - camping is hard work, and it's about time she showed those boys who the real survivor is.
Bonnie's behaving badly - will she and Harry both end up in the doghouse? Bonnie the tiny, fluffy white dog keeps getting into all kinds of scrapes, and Mum is not impressed. First of all Bonnie hides the phone bill, then she steals Harry's school shoes, and when she attacks the new postman, Mum decides it's time for a visit to the Dog Training Centre. But Bonnie isn't your average problem pooch and the most important lesson they learn at Dog School is that there's one thing more important than rules: fun!
The little dog with big ideas is back in this illustrated story for independent readers. The dog show is in town, and Harry's mum has a worrying glint in her eye. Wouldn't Bonnie look perfect done up as a showdog, with a big pink bow in her hair? Before you can say Crufts , or Harry can groan Oh no , Bonnie is whisked down to the Millionhairs Dog Grooming Parlour to be fluffed to perfection.
Bel Mooney has taken twelve children from different parts of the British Isles and observed them over a year as they play, learn and grow. She saw Denise being born, watched Gemma, the daughter of a company executive, at her nursery school and heard the fears of the parents of Donald, a West Indian child from Birmingham. She saw David in preparatory school and Melanie in her comprehensive; talked to a fourteen-year-old Asian boy about his experience of race, and to a ten-year-old Welsh boy about family violence. The twelve chapters in The Year of the Child mirror the stages in a child's development from total dependence to independence and self-awareness and the beginnings of a critical attitude to the world around a world in which he or she, whatever the social background, has had very little personal choice. The Year of the Child makes a valuable contribution to social history, describing six boys and six girls from different parts of the British Isles and from three broad social groups; it goes beyond journalism and social comment to become a re-enactment of what the author calls 'that cyclical loss of innocence which is at the root of human experience'.
Meet the little dog with big ideas in this brand-new illustrated story for independent readers. Harry longs for a dog to help him cope with all the problems he faces in his new town. His best friend is an imaginary hound called Prince - big, strong, brown-and-black mixed. So when his mum gets a real dog called Bonnie - tiny, white and fluffy - Harry wants nothing to do with the embarrassing pooch...
To newly separated Anna, holidaying in Devon with her seven-year-old son, the exquisite windsurfer winging across the waves on the river near their cottage represents all that is young, strong and free. In a nearby nursing home Anna's mother is dying of cancer, calmly accepting impending death with a dignity her daughter cannot begin to understand.Faced with the dilemma of many conflicting emotions - guilt, grief, nostalgia and an increasing infatuation with the teenage windsurfer - Anna struggles to come to terms with her life...
Millionaire porn-king Anthony Carl has gathered a group of people together for a fourth of July party in New Jersey.Among them is the British photo-journalist Barbara Rowe, who finds herself drawn into unexpected sympathy with Annelisa Kaye, Emperor magazine's most celebrated sex-goddess. Annelisa's life, too, is defined by the cool eye of the camera. And this weekend, more than ever, she seems beautiful, fragile and doomed...
Eleanor Anderson's comfortable and well-ordered life is completely shattered when her husband Davis, the dependable and much respected village doctor, disappears. A few days later he is found dead, apparently the victim of a heart attack, and speculation is stilled as family, friends and patients akin feel a kind of relief at knowing the worst.But genuine grief at their bereavement gives way to angry bewilderment when a post-mortem reveals that the man they thought they knew so well, the man they all depended on, had taken his own life, for no obvious reason. And Eleanor discovers, in the uneasy company of her ungracious son, that all she had assumed and lived by has been false...
First published in 1989, in Bel Mooney's Somerset she sets the tone of this delightfully personal account of her 'adopted county'. Brought up in Liverpool, she writes of Somerset with the rapture of the late convert, travelling through its towns and villages in all seasons, observing sights as various as the Minehead Raft Race or rare beakhead moulding at All Saints, Lullington; the mysterious Glastonbury Tor and the magnificence of Wells Cathedral.She begins with Exmoor, with Lorna Doone, prize sheep at the county show, St. Bueno, the smallest parish church in England, moving on to the Quantock Hills, dotted with Bronze Age barrows and cairns. She describes the vale of Taunton Deane with it's rich red soil, and Cadbury Hill and the Somerset lore of King Arthur. We learn of the flat sodden world of the Wetlands, the dramatic beauty of the Mendips - wild, windblown trees and the 'gruffy ground' of abandoned mines. We can envisage the mud of Stert Flats, visit Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare - a little melancholy out of season - and the accommodating, quiet, green fields and watery sky of the Eastern edge of the county. Somerset writers such as Parson Woodeforde, Coleridge and T.S.Eliot are introduced; so are characters from history - Judge Jeffries and the doomed Duke of Monmouth.The book is designed to be read as a narrative, and covers the whole of the old county of Somerset, dismissing the boundry changes of 1974, and including, therefore, the elegant spa town of Bath.Bel Mooney's enticing observations, her thoughts, idiosyncracies and passions, will be shared and enjoyed by anyone who plans even to pass through one of Britain's most beautiful counties.
At the heart of Ana Popescu's existence is the love for her son. He is the only thing that makes life in Ceausescu's Romania tolerable. In their mean little flat they have created a private world in which no harm can come to them. But Ana is haunted by a mystery in her own past, and by her awareness under a totalitarian regime the soul can gradually be corrupted. At last as incident at Ion's school convinces her she must send him away.When she seizes the chance to give Ion freedom, Ana unwittingly propels him beyond bureaucracy into an underworld of refugees and migrants. Attempting to follow, she is caught and thrown into prison. Then the collapse of communism and the overthrow of Ceausescu rekindle her hope for a future, as she leaves her country for the first time and embarks on a quest to reclaim her lost child.The achievement of Bel Mooney's powerful and ambitious new novel, as it moves across the changing face of contemporary Europe, is that it takes us inside the lives of people caught up in the flood tide of political events. A story of sacrifice, loss and love, it is a moving and triumphant celebration of the power and immutability of the bonds of motherhood and is also about one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our age.