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.
‘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.
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Humour, The Real World,|
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.More About Christopher Matthew