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26 Nov 2009


When the abandoned strays from a local dogs' home are matched with brand new owners, it turns out it might not just be the dogs who need rescuing.

Rachel's aunt has left her a house, a Border Collie and, despite knowing nothing about dogs, a crowded kennel. But since her life has collapsed she's not sure she can deal with any more lost souls.

Zoe's ex-husband has given their children a puppy. The kids are in love, but she's the one stuck training Toffee the impossible Labrador. She's nearly at the end of her tether - until Toffee leads her to a handsome doctor . . .

Meanwhile Natalie and Johnny's marriage hasn't been easy since they started trying for a baby. But is a fridge-raiding, sofa-stealing Basset hound like Bertie really the child substitute they're looking for?

As the new owners' paths cross on the town's dog-walking circuits, their lives become interwoven. And they - and their dogs - learn some important lessons about loyalty, companionship and unconditional love . . .

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (26 Nov 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340919205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919200
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucy Dillon's new novel is A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME.

Lucy Dillon lives in a ramshackle Georgian farmhouse (less Pemberley, more Miss Marple) in a village just outside Hereford, where she writes novels in between meeting the daily requirements of her dogs, and keeping out of the way of the builders. After nearly a year of renovations, she's learned enough to know that it's best left to the experts. She can, however, tell you more than you need to know about lime plaster, and that Classic FM on headphones drowns out the sound of most building work, apart from drilling.

Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria, and while at school, wrote a play about Mary, Queen of Scots, which apparently only had two major historical inaccuracies, and edited the school magazine, all of which set her up for her first job after university, in publishing. Working for a fiction editor taught her some invaluable lessons about how books are written, then re-written, and then re-re-written, as well as how satisfying is it to watch a pile of pages magically turn into a novel you can hold in a bookshop and read in the bath.

A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME is Lucy's fifth novel. None of the characters are based on her family, or her builders, although the dogs might recognise themselves a bit.

Lucy won the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts.

You can follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.

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Heart-warming, fun and romantic. Marley and Me fans will love it (Closer)

A contemporary Bridget Jones, but with canines instead of chardonnay. (Stylist)

Heartwarming . . . the perfect read for a cold winter's night (News of the World)

Funny and charming . . . a fabulous story that you won't want to put down, guaranteed to warm the heart of even the most devout non-dog person (Bookbag)

Warm and romantic. (Elle on THE BALLROOM CLASS)

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Fiction for fans of Kate Jacobs and MARLEY AND ME

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 5 Dec 2009
By Evey
I loved Lucy Dillon's last book, Ballroom Class - I think she captures complicated couples really well - so I was excited about this new one. I think it's even better. As well as the really well-drawn characters, there are genuine ups and downs in their stories and some real tension. Lucy Dillon doesn't shy away from really difficult issues that other books prefer not to mention, while still weaving a heartfelt and warm story, where you actually care what is going to happen. It's feel-good, but not completely unrealistic fantasy, which is a great combination. I think the other thing that makes the book stand out from others of its genre is the way she bothers writing well-rounded older characters - she doesn't resort to stereotypes or just wheel them in for comic effect. It's a great warm Christmas-season read, proving everyone has a perfect match - just not the obvious one.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woof! 6 Dec 2009
What a great 'afternoon curled on the sofa' read. I just wanted something light to read and chose it by the cover really, but was surprised at how quickly I was drawn into the world of Longhampton and its inhabitants. It's not overly light and fluffy, it's a mix of real romance and real affection and real life too - it's not all about whether the girl gets the boy, although of course it has an element of that. I liked the 'skeletons in the closet' aspect as well. I'm not a dog person which almost put me off - but you don't have to be!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant! 31 Jan 2010
By Bindi B
I have just - reluctantly! - finished this book and absolutely loved it. Being a great dog lover myself, I found the story very addictive and really loved all the characters too. Lucy Dillon writes beautifully and creates wonderfully detailed characters. My heart went out to Natalie and Johnny, Zoe and her two sons, Rachel and George (not to mention Gem, Bertie, Lulu and so on!). You can tell that Lucy is an animal lover too, as she creates such lovely canine characters, as well as the human ones. I didn't want the book to end and hope there might be a sequel soon, as I'd really like to know what happened to them all after the last page of this truly terrific book. Well done Lucy and please keep on writing your beautiful books!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woof-tastic! 8 Jan 2010
What a wonderful book! Okay, so I AM a dog person - that obviously made a lot of the situations much easier to identify with. But regardless of my love for animals, this is a story that warms the heart and brings a smile to your face. And you don't NEED to have the `doggie connection' because the main focus is on human relationships (love, friendship, family, betrayal...).

The story revolves around different characters, but I personally was mostly drawn to Rachel, a high flying typical London girl who suddenly finds herself in the middle of the countryside, with a broken heart, a failed affair and the responsibility of an entire dog kennels in her hands. She soon learns that fashionable black does not look as good when covered in hairs! But as anyone who has ever owned a dog knows, the smells and never ending shedding are nothing when compared to the way they find their way to your heart.

The other characters are just as likeable. There is single and recently divorced mum Zoe, who is dealing with her two young children Spencer and Leo, not to mention newly arrived Toffee, a Labrador puppy bought by her horribly selfish ex-husband to make up for his absence. Natalie and Johnny are struggling with their relationship in the process of trying for a baby, and somehow end up fostering an endearing Bassett Hound - could he be the answer to all their problems? I also loved Megan, the Australian girl working at the kennels - even if not a main character she is important because she really takes no fuss from anyone.

Everyone undergoes drastic changes to their lives, and by the end of the book new loves have blossomed, pregnancies are announced and non-dog lovers become besotted owners! A fantastic read I would recommend to anyone. Preferably with a dog sitting at your feet...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I feel a bit mean for only giving a four star rating as I really enjoyed this book. However, it isn't a masterpiece of literature just a really good story with sympathetic and well drawn, totally believable, characters. If you enjoy a good story that doesn't tax the little grey cells too much but entertains and has a happy ending then you will love this book. I hate the term chic-lit but I think it may be more suitable for ladies than gents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming doggy tale 30 Nov 2011
I stumbled across Lucy Dillon's work when I was searching the internet for my favourite type of book (chick lit of course) combined with one of my favourite things in the world (dogs). I don't remember having read any chick lit where dogs formed a central component of the story before. Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts was swiftly moved to the top of my to read pile and I couldn't wait to get started!

The book centres on Rachel Fielding, a cappuccino drinking Londoner in her late thirties who has not only just lost her high-flying job but also her married lover Oliver who she's wasted years waiting for. We first meet Rachel as she learns she has inherited her Aunt Dot's home and rescue kennels in the countryside with Dot's most loyal companion Gem the Border collie also thrown in for good measure. The problem? Rachel is not a countryside person. She's definitely not a dog person. We follow Rachel as she reluctantly faces getting stuck into the day to day running of the kennels with much needed support, encouragement and cups of tea from the other staff, volunteers and the local vet George.

Rachel begins a mission to re-home all the dogs with new owners from the local community as soon as possible, so she can build a paying kennel business with a view to selling more easily in the future. It's this mission that brings in the other central characters of the story. Zoe is a newly divorced mum of two who is battling to keep the peace for the sake of the children - her ex handing her children a lively Labrador puppy (Toffee) is a step too far for this working mum. Will Zoe hand Toffee over to the rescue kennels? Natalie and Johnny are a happily married couple in most respects but missing the one thing they want the most, a baby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book - if you love dogs you'll love this too!
Beautiful story, heartwarming, cute read. Great for snuggling up on the sofa with a warm drink and getting lost in the village and life of these characters. Read more
Published 3 days ago by C. Scholes
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost dogs and lonely hearts
I really enjoyed this book, in fact I couldn't put it down. It is a love story, kind of, but also a feel good book where I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Loved it
Published 3 days ago by jane fallon
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read.
I'm really enjoying reading this book - it's one that's difficult to put down! How I wish I could read it all in one sitting.
Published 2 months ago by ValkyrieGranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I very enjoyable read. It only took me a couple of days to read this whilst I was on Holiday. As a dog owner I could relate to the issues with dogs but I also wanted to find out... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D Crawford
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Published 2 months ago by Pat Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts
I liked this book because it gave me a 'feel good feeling'. I found it humorous and entertaining, it was a little predictable but this did not deflect my enjoyment of the read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nene Ray
3.0 out of 5 stars good tail,
Bit slow but got into it and enjoyed the read, very good for all dog lovers and friends in general
Published 3 months ago by mrs margaretshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
This lady really knows how to keep you turning the pages. She has a great writing/story telling ability. Brilliant and funny
Published 3 months ago by J. H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted read
As a dog lover & a lover of chic lits found this book a light hearted feel good book. I enjoyef the book very much.
Published 4 months ago by Trisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.x
Another cracker from Lucy. I love Longhampton and would quite like to reside there myself. Once again enjoyable characters and their four legged friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hens mummy
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