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London, the Doggy and Me [Kindle Edition]

Rosen Trevithick
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Book Description

Looking after a dog is one thing, but looking after a dead dog is a different matter altogether, especially for a stranger in London.

When a waitress from a Cornish fish restaurant lands an audition for a West End show, she can't believe her luck. The only catch is that she has to look after a pet dog in exchange for board.

She soon finds herself trying to juggle auditions, the demise of a long-term relationship and a blossoming fling, all whist hiding a sinister secret concealed within her suitcase.

A novella by number 1 bestselling humorous fiction author, Rosen Trevithick. ~ 15,000 words.

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Rosen is a British bestselling author, who writes fiction for children and adults.

She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives in Falmouth with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.

In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writing was a hobby. The following January sales of her Kindle books took off. Readers have now downloaded over a quarter of a million copies of Rosen's books.

Rosen has a variety of books in print including Pompomberry House and Seesaw, as well as over a dozen digital titles.

In 2013 she founded the Smelly Troll series - children's chapter books written by Rosen and illustrated by Katie W. Stewart. Book one, The Troll Trap, has inspired hundreds of children to try their hand at creative writing.

Rosen writes in a variety of genres with a strong leaning towards comedy. She has also dabbled with psychological fiction and mystery writing.

She loves wild swimming, mountain biking, interesting boots, quiffs, 'sampling' chocolate and cooking tasty treats. She dislikes house spiders, doing laundry and people putting costumes on their cats.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Hilarious! 18 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, so I think I have read everything that Rosen Trevithick has written and it still continues to amaze me about the breadth of her writing capabilities. When I saw this advertised, I jumped on it! I have read some things of hers which have been simply gut-wrenching (The Selfish Act, On the Rocks) to things that I have thought "how in the hell does she come up with this stuff?!?!"(Straight Out of University) This falls into the "how in the hell does she come up with this stuff?!?!" category. This book was quirky and hilarious at the same time. I thought it reminded me of one of those funny British short skits that could possibly happen to the most unfortunate of people. I was reminded of Sibel Hodge's, How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room, where you can't help but laugh at the misfortune of the main character. It is that famous sarcastic, British wit that I could eat all day. Simply another winner from her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great British humour 16 Mar. 2012
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I love humour that is quintessentially British - this book is quirky, surreal and has a dry sarcastic wit that probably only us Brits will fully appreciate. I recently read two more 'laugh out loud' books, Ben Elton's hilarious Chart Throb and Tony Royden's wonderful black comedy thriller The Dealer, both thoroughly enjoyed for the same 'British-ness' as London, the Doggy and Me.

This was a very enjoyable read. Now, maybe I'm being petty, but I'm docking it one star for it only being a short story...I wanted to read more! I'd highly recommend it for all you lovers of British comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh out loud 6 Sept. 2012
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OK, so I have a sick sense of humour, but this made me laugh out loud, especially towards the end. There were one of two toe-curling deliciously nasty eeeoow moments which were both funny and horrid. It kept me up late because I wanted to finish it.

The writing is good, fluid and with a lightness of touch, the characterisation excellent. I feel like I've met these people.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first by this author. Won't be my last. 18 Feb. 2012
By P E
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A hilarious short story about a young woman on a quest to realise her life's dream that had me laughing out loud. The scene on the tube will be lasting in my memories especially! Gleefully recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A neat story that delivers 10 Sept. 2014
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Review policy: if I can't award 3 or more stars then I don't post a review. I mark on technical considerations; I will not slate a book just because I don't like a genre or a story, unlike many people who post so-called "honest" reviews. If I feel there's an issue then I will try to contact the author for clarification. Fairness, not vindictive point-scoring, is how I work.

The review:

This is a neat little story about a young woman who, well, travels to London from Cornwall in true British fish-out-of-water style. The whole promo copy tells you the kind of genre it is so there should be no misunderstandings (which is what has happened with some of the reviewers, I'm sorry to say), and it certainly lived up to my expectations.

I didn't laugh at every page, nor did I expect to; we all take humour differently and I'm not so easy to amuse—but I can say that, had I watched this as a 30-minute one-off television comedy, then due to the story's atmosphere and delivery I would have enjoyed it AND wanted to transfer it to DVD so I could get it out to watch again in future. And that's how I feel about the book: it's a good piece of escapism.

In other words, it delivered.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Well, this story had me laughing out loud like a fool! It's simply hilarious!

This story has an extremely imaginative premise at its centre - I don't know where she gets her ideas!! But this book is much more than just a clever idea, it's also fantastically well executed! The text is so rich, full of hilarious descriptions and asides.

Without giving too much away, two of the characters are extreme representations of people that everyone will have met at some point - to see inside their house is a real treat (if a little terrifying in parts!!).

To sum up, this short story is a real gem! I couldn't bear to put it down and read it all in one sitting. It's a real page turner as things go from bad to worse, (it's a bit like watching a car crash in slow motion in parts - in a good way!) and the ending is fantastic!

To think that this is the same author that wrote The Other Daughter (a psychological crime thriller) is unbelievable - such versatility in an author is very rare and an amazing achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Rix would be proud of this one. 9 Mar. 2014
By T4bsF
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Just finished this and gave it 4*. A humourous look at a Waitress who would like to become an actress. A symbiotic situation arises that allows her, in exchange for some dog/house sitting, to stay in London for her auditions for a play. Things don't go well from the start..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dog-gone 6 Mar. 2012
By Joo
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This novella is a cracker. Rosen has the ability to write different styles of story and this for me is the best I've read of her works so far (not much but I'm working on it).

Once I'd got over that Steph didn't immediately tell the owners that their dog had died I accepted this story. Mind you it would have been a very short story if she had

The story then unfolded like a farce. I could see the action going on in my mind as the writing was so good. I loved the whole suitcase business.

A fantastic read indeed

I'm glad I don't live in London or any city with a tube as I'd be looking at large suitcases in a whole different light.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as I expected sadly.
Read the fabulous reviews and thought I would be in for a treat. How wrong was I?
This tale started off OK but gradually became more ridiculous as it neared the end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Joanne Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Another great piece of comedic writing from Rosen! There were some fabulous laugh out loud moments!!
Published 11 months ago by NS Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars Doggy Dealings
This book had me chuckling from start to finish - despite the demise of the poor dog. Cheered me up on a very wet Sunday afternoon with the character's laugh out loud antics.
Published 11 months ago by Gillyjuju
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
If you are looking for something different and have a slightly dark sided humour then this book is for you. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. S. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars very amusing
this book is fairly short and is a quirky story with some unexpected and hilarious twists, I would highly recommend it
Published 17 months ago by L. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
Quite simply, great fun! A Cornish waitress finds herself in London for an important audition. All she needs to do in return for free accommodation is house sit and look after the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wendy Unsworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite so-called comedy
This was awful. Slapstick style comedy about a girl you have no reason to care about, every situation is shoe-horned in to the story and it's very 'physical' comedy of the most... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gerbera
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I chuckled all the way through this story--classic slapstick humour with some brilliant lines! The central character is deftly created and the plot is tightly woven, with a focus... Read more
Published on 2 April 2013 by Alex Roddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I've recently become a convert to shorter stories so I snapped this up when it was free!
It's a proper farce with some hilarious belly laugh moments. Read more
Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by Mr Macabre
5.0 out of 5 stars great read if you come from cornwall !!!
loved this book because it names a lot of areas around where i live,funny but sad in a way at the end.
Published on 24 Nov. 2012 by suzy q
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