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I Have Heard You Calling in the Night [Paperback]

Thomas Healy
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7 May 2007
Thomas Healy was a drunk, a fighter, often unemployed, no stranger to the Glasgow police or to the courts. He came from the Gorbals, that byword for hard men and the school of hard knocks, and his life was going nowhere other than downhill. Then one day, he bought a pup - a Doberman. He called him Martin. Gradually man and dog became unshakeable allies, the closest of comrades, the best of friends. Martin, in more ways than one, saved Thomas Healy's life. This is a story of one man and his dog. Such things can be sentimental. Healy's is a memoir written with refreshing originality and love.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862079102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862079106
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* 'A remarkable and moving new book' Mail on Sunday * 'There are some things, some people, we can never forget. Healy and his memoir fit that bill' The Herald (Glasgow) * 'A gutsy yet soft- hearted memoir... Has 'cult read' written all over it' Eve * 'The book can be compared to the two little gems of canine remembrance JR Ackerly produced in his old age- My Dog Tulip and the novella We Think the World of You' Guardian * 'It shines its torchbeam not on the pathos but on the bonded inseparability. It transcends any urge towards bleakness. This book is a testament to redemption, a kind of prayer, a survivor's thanks' Scotsman * 'Even the most hard- hearted, dog- hating non- believer may be experiencing a lump in the throat when they reach Healy's final pages' Daily Mail

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Thomas Healy grew up in the Gorbals, Glasgow in the 1950s. He left school at fifteen and has worked as, among other things, a shunter in a railway yard, a reporter on the Glasgow Herald and a security guard at a meat market. He is the author of a book about boxing, The Hurting Business, and two novels: It Might Have Been Jerusalem and Rolling. He lives in Glasgow.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 22 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
This book brought tears to my eyes; what a wonderful story. The author had four main bonds in his life; father, mother, sister and Martin his Dobermann. The latter was the one that brought him through his periods of lapsing from his endeavour not to drink. His responsibility to Martin won the day and it was only after Martin's death that he made a sacred vow never to drink again. I hope he still holds to that vow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books that I have ever read.. 2 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read alot of books, but this one stands out as one of the best of them -ever.
I first read a short version in Granta, and that had already leapt out at me by the freshness of the writing and Thomas Healy's very original 'voice' coming off the page.
Yet the book was a surprise. It was just as well written and entertaining as I'd
expected, but much darker, deeply moving -even tragic- than I had suspected.
It is ultimately spiritual, and life enhancing.
It is thought provoking on different levels, and I defy anyone having read it to pass by a drunk and his ferocious dog, and make the same judgements and assumptions that they might have before.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man's best friend 3 May 2007
By jbezzo VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Thomas Healy's memoir is a poignant testament to the dog's reputation for being man's best friend. An angry, lonely man whose life revolves around drinking and fighting, Healy's alcoholism is drawing him closer to the precepice. That is, until, on a whim, he buys a Dobermann puppy who he calls Martin. After a stumbling start, man and dog slowly develop a deep and unshakeable bond which in turn, sows the seed for his recovery. A touching book, it nevertheless manages to avoid mawkish sentimentality. His love for Martin is clearly evident in the personal sacrifices he makes for him; managing to stay off the bottle for long enough periods to enable him to give Martin the exercise he needs and pay for expensive veterinary treatmant. A slender volume, but a fitting tribute to Martin and the healing power of love.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A recommended read, but not for me 19 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A listener on our local radio station recommended this book, but it didn't do anything for me at all. I couldn't quite see the point of the story.
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