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Dog Treats An Assortment of Mutts, Mongrels, Puppies and Pooches by Christopher Matthew

Dog Treats An Assortment of Mutts, Mongrels, Puppies and Pooches

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Dogs – large and hairy – small and smooth, Rich dogs with diamond collars – poor dogs with none, the dog in its infinite variety is portrayed in verse by Christopher Matthew and wittily and lovingly illustrated by Tony Ross.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. ‘Dogs are our link to Paradise. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden.’ Milan Kund-era’s homage to the wonderful world of dogs is echoed by Matthew’s delicious new collection of canine verse. Eclectic and wildly entertaining, he introduces a wide range of pooches, from Ted the gastronome whose splurge on ‘smidgens of Brie and little blobs of chocolate mousse’ leads to the inevitable doggy bender, to Ozymandias, the amorous ‘Steve McQueen of Springers’. These and many other memorable characters are keenly observed in a beautifully illustrated volume that will resonate warmly with any dog-lover.
~ Amanda Hodges


Dog Treats An Assortment of Mutts, Mongrels, Puppies and Pooches by Christopher Matthew

From Ozymandias the Steve McQueen of Springers whose acrobatic sex life rivals Errol Flynn's, to terrier Ted, whose Falstaffian appetites (and over-indulgence following the loyal toast) lead to a shameful bender followed by a spell in re-hab, man's best friend comes in many guises, not all of them benign. In his latest collection of sly verse, Christopher Matthew celebrates the canine world in all its glorious diversity - and takes a sidelong glance at the human one along the way. Travelling from Camp Bastion to West Wittering via a sunlit Greek island, Matthew's compendium embraces comedy, tragedy and personalities great and small. There are exuberant, rear-fixated puppies and neglected latchkey dogs, there are dignified mongrel strays, war-heroes, a psychotic Great Dane called Cher Bebe and a top-drawer spaniel of theatrical lineage with Uggie-envy. And then there is man, with his cowardice, his commitment issues, his short attention span and his propensity for very silly names...The great question Matthew circles in this gloriously entertaining gallop through one of the world's great auld alliances, therefore, is not so much who is the master in this relationship, as who is the mutt. Touching, wicked, clever and kind, Dog Treats will bring delight and recognition to dog-lovers everywhere.


Matthew's delicious new collection of canine verse. Eclectic and wildly entertaining . . . a beautifully illustrated volume that will resonate warmly with any dog-lover * Good Book Guide * Two of my great heroes are Gershwin and Ogden Nash and so many of Matthew's rhymes match them for ingenuity. He has covered every canine angle; wonderful variety, many emotions, but never soppiness -- Oliver Pritchett Delights on every page . . . the man knows what he's barking at * Lady *

About the Author

Christopher Matthew is the author of Now We Are Sixty, When We Were Fifty and The Man Who Dropped the Le Creuset on his Toe. He lives in London and Suffolk.

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Publication date

2nd October 2014


Christopher Matthew

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Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


144 pages


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