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Never Leave the Dog Behind

by Helen Mort

Gift Books Sport Travel

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This small yet perfectly formed book covers personal thoughts, poetry, and the relationship we develop with dogs when roaming, hiking, and running through our wild places, in particular hills and mountains. Helen Mort discusses photography, historical records, research, and shares her experience of her own four-legged friends. She also takes a fascinating look at the dogs bred to be our companions in hills and mountains such as Huskies and St Bernards. Even though this is non-fiction, there is a beauty to the writing, with moments that really made me stop and think. The author is a poet and as she wanders through her own thoughts, pondering, considering, and analysing, she lets us into her soul. Never Leave the Dog Behind would make a lovely little gift, if you adore dogs and nature, then this is the book for you.

Liz Robinson

Never Leave the Dog Behind Synopsis

We live in a world populated by dog lovers, where many of us regard them as members of the family. We are fascinated by them: either anthropomorphising our pets or obsessing about the ways they differ from us. And mountains theatres of risk, drama and heroism provide the perfect stage for us to enact our canine fascination in all its pathos and poetry. In short, the hills bring into focus just how much we love being with dogs.

Dogs specialise in getting on with humans, and tales of faithful hounds in hostile environments form part of our cultural history. Award-winning writer Helen Mort sets out to understand the singular relationship between dogs, mountains and the people who love them. Along the way, she meets search and rescue dogs, interviews climbers and spends time on the hills with hounds. The book is also a personal memoir, telling the author s own story of falling in love with a whippet called Bell during a transformative year in the Lake District.

Never Leave the Dog Behind is a compelling account of mountain adventures and misadventures, and captures the unbridled joy of heading to the hills with a four-legged friend.

Photo credit: John Houlihan

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ISBN: 9781912560882
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912560882
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Helen Mort
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Genres: Gift Books, Sport, Travel,
Categories: Active outdoor pursuits, Animals & society, Dogs as pets, Walking, hiking, trekking,

About Helen Mort

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985, and grew up in nearby Chesterfield. Five-times-winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, the shape of every box and a pint for the ghost (a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, 2010), and her poems have appeared in the Spectator, Poetry Review and The Manhattan Review. In 2010, she was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. She lives in Derbyshire.

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