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John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life by John Dolan
  

John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life

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With a prison record and no trade John Dolan was reduced to begging and soon found George the dog was better at it than he was and turned instead to making drawings of George and the East End landscape he knew so well. An art gallery took his work for a show and that led to recognition and success as an artist. John Dolan credits George with this success, for turning his life around and becoming the companion in life whose love and companionship gave him the strength to carry on.

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John and George The Dog Who Changed My Life by John Dolan

This is the incredible true story of how one man turned his life around through the companionship of his best friend. For years, John Dolan had been living rough, trying his best to get by. Born and bred on the estates of east London, his early life was marked by neglect and abuse, and his childhood gift for drawing was stamped out by the tough realities outside his front door. As he grew older, he found himself turning to petty crime to support himself and ended up in prison. On coming out, with a record and no trade, he soon found himself on the streets, surviving day-by-day, living hand-to-mouth. It wasn't until he met George, a tearaway Staffy puppy, that his life changed for the better. To begin with, George was a handful: he had been abused himself and was scared of human contact. But in a matter of weeks. John and George had become inseparable. It was then that John decided to pick up his long-forgotten gift for drawing, sitting on Shoreditch High Street for hours at a time, sketching pictures of George which he would sell to passers-by. With his best friend by his side, and a pencil in his hand, John suddenly found his life's calling. Last autumn, John put on his first gallery show just across the road from where he had sat and sketched for three years. It sold out. Now, John and George are no longer homeless and live just around the corner from where they first met on the streets.


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About the Author

John Dolan is a critically-acclaimed artist living and working in Shoreditch, east London. For the past three years he and his dog George have sat out on Shoreditch High Street, while John sketched the world around him. Some of his sketches formed part of John's first solo show, George The Dog, John the Artist, which was a sell out in September 2013.

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Publication date

15th July 2014

Author

John Dolan

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Publisher

Century an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Memoirs
Dogs as pets

ISBN

9781780892917

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