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A Dog's Life [Hardcover]

Paul Bailey
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31 July 2003
In the spring of 1985, novelist Paul Bailey found himself becoming the unlikely owner of a dog. He saw the puppy in the window of a pet shop and was instantly (and lastingly) beguiled. She was given the name Circe by Bailey's dying partner, David, who was also overcome by her charms, though after a good deal of resistance. This memoir tells of the 16 years Paul Bailey spent in Circe's company, while also offering portraits of friends and acquaintances, living and dead. There are sketches of the various eccentrics encountered during his walks with the dog, and descriptions of the author's trips abroad - to Romania, Poland and Hungary, among other countries. "A Dog's Life" is the sequel to Bailey's earlier book of memoirs "An Immaculate Mistake", which Penguin published in 1991. Like that book, it is composed in a series of scenes, written as they came into the author's mind. Yet together they constitute a sustained narrative, at once funny and touching. At the heart of "A Dog's Life", appropriately, is the captivating animal herself.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd (31 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241142016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241142011
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,183,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Bailey is the author of eight novels, including AT THE JERUSALEM, which won the Somerset Maugham Prize for a First Novel, Gabriel's Lament, and Kitty and Virgil. He has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize and has also written a biography of Cynthia Payne, called AN ENGLISH MADAM, THREE QUEER LIVES, an alternative biography of Naomi Jacob, Fred Barnes and Arthur Marshall, and one previous volume of autobiography, entitled AN IMMACULATE MISTAKE.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed and cried in equal measure! 18 Aug 2012
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I'd not come across Paul Bailey before and must admit that I bought this volume simply on a whim because of the attractive front cover and the book title! I have to say that it has quickly become one of my favourite all time books that I have read and re-read. The characters that the author meets on his travels are written about with such charm, wit and panache that you turn to the next page thinking you actually know them. I've rarely come across a person with such intelligence and empathy for the people he writes about. Go and buy this book - you will not regret it.
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