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A Small Dog Saved My Life

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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.

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A Small Dog Saved My Life by Bel Mooney

A story of survival, transformation and love. In a beautiful and powerful memoir which mixes honest, personal revelation with literature, history, and inspirational self-help, Bel Mooney tells the story of her rescue dog, Bonnie, who in turn rescued Bel when her world fell apart with the all-too public break-up of her 35-year marriage. A SMALL DOG SAVED MY LIFE really is a story of survival, and also one of love. This is an account of six years in Bel's life, from when she first acquired Bonnie from a rescue home, through Bel's years of personal heartbreak and disappointment, and on to the happiness which she has now found in a new marriage and a new life, with the Maltese at her side all the way. This is a book about transformation and change, about picking yourself up and attacking life in the way that a small dog will go for the postman's trousers - and about celebrating life, much as your canine companion will always celebrate your return, even from the shortest trip. Beautifully engaging, entertaining, full of personal anecdotes and deeply moving, A SMALL DOG SAVED MY LIFE will take the reader on an inspirational walk with one very small but very remarkable dog - a dog who became a symbol for all that is best about dogs, and about we humans too. Bel Mooney is a journalist with almost forty years' experience. Well-loved by 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 takes the reader on a journey of discovery, in which she finds herself transformed into a dog-lover by one small and lively bundle of white fur, as well as telling her own gripping story.


'Small Dogs Can Save Your Life is a candid exploration of the emotions and passions surrounding those events, and how she [Bel] survived thanks to the faithful love of her little dog, Bonnie.'
Sarah Vine, The Times Summer Reading

'Mooney's description of how she survived that shattering crisis is often raw, but her darkest moments are beguiled by her pet's devotion and companionship.'
Daily Mail Summer Books

'A delight -- charming, funny and heartening.'
Daily Mail's Christmas roundup

'A moving and honest story of the end of a marriage which is interwoven with fascinating anecdotes about dogs and people in history: the result is rich, rare and engrossing.'
Antonia Fraser

About the Author

Bel Mooney

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th July 2011


Bel Mooney

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Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


320 pages


Biography / Autobiography
The Real World




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