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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340922109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340922101
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Grogan's first book, 'Marley & Me' was a number one international bestseller and was released as a major movie in 2008, breaking box office records. The DVD was released in July 09. John lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Jenny, and their three children. His latest book, 'The Longest Trip Home' is out now.

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A book with intense appeal . . . tenderly follows its subject from sunrise to sunset, from the ball-of-fluff stage to the heartbreaking farewell. (New York Times)

The reason Marley & Me has proved to be a bestseller is that it is not just a funny dog story . . . It's a universal story of family life and a publishing sensation (The Times)

Made me laugh so much I pulled a muscle in my solar plexus (Daily Mail)

This is a wonderful, moving book that even non-dog-lovers cannot fail to enjoy. (Mail on Sunday)

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Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a larger than life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this book, and I felt as though I have been on an emotional rollercoaster for the last 3 days. This is testemant to how good this book is - as the title of my review states, this book has captured the joy and the pian involved in having a faithful friend. Grogan has managed to illustrate how all dogs have their own unique personalities, and how they are able to utterly transform our lives.

When I was growing up we had a black pedigree Labrador - he was a rescue dog - and he was the world to me. He was with me all through my school years. Reading about the antics of Marley, I was reminded just how loyal dogs are to their owners; how much joy they bring but also how much comittment they are.

This book made me laugh out loud - so much so that in parts I was crying from laughing so hard - and it made me cry buckets at the end. While the majority of the book is a bit of fun, relating the behaviours of a "loopy" dog, there is a serious point at the end. Grogan points out that the loyalty and unconditional love that dogs show their owners should be sought by the owners in their own day to day lives. To find unconditional love to the same extent, but from another person, is a very hard thing to find indeed - people are much too selfish.

As another reviewer said, this book made me wish that I could have encountered Marley, he sounds like a fantastic dog. It has also made me remember my own dog, and the treasured memories I have of him. I wonder if they are both up there, in doggy heaven, causing chaos??...... :-)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philip Roberts on 22 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
We all know don't we? There's no such thing as a bad dog, and as Eddie Izzard said, how can we, a race that has caused genocide say a dog is bad just for stealing a biscuit??

Marley & Me is a touching journey between a family, and a Dog, who not for want of trying, seems to have been at the back of the queue when the good behaviour gene was given out..

Chewing through walls, stealing food from the table, running off etc etc, oh well, it's a dogs life!

While Marley & Me describes a wonderful tail (pardon the pun) of a dog, and his life and an attempt to see things through his doggy eyes, there is much more to this book, it is about the human connection we make with our pets, and touches on why that connection is so important.

Our dog brings us so much joy, unconditional love and affection, and Marley although not exactly the best behaved pooch in the World offers all this, and his family love him for that, and value that loyalty and connection.

I read this book in a day, when I put it down, I took my own dog for a long walk and a play.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is just great, especially for dog lovers and a definite must read for any Labrador owners. I laughed and cried reading this book. It is written with such detail and you just can't help laughing and falling in love with Marley, the main focus of the book. Best book I've read in a long time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Caroline F on 25 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved Marley & Me - I couldnt put it down which is saying something for me as I lose interest easily - I became attached to the dog and wanted to find out what happened next - it made me laugh and it made me cry - great for animal lovers but probably not strict animal trainers who will pick holes in Grogans dog handling skills!! or lack of them
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Compton on 25 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
John and Jenny Grogan bought a Labrador Retriever puppy to see if they were ready to have the responsibility of a child - little did they know what that cute bundle of fluff would bring! Not only did he bring terror and mass quantities of household-wreck... he also brought love, loyalty and most of all, friendship - which all of us dog-owners know so well.

'Marley and Me' was one of the best books, if not THE BEST book, that I have ever read. Being a Retriever owner myself, this book sure took me back a few years to the puppy and 'teenage' years of my dog - recalling all sorts of memories!

If you are a dog owner, ESPECIALLY if you are a Retriever owner - 'Marley and Me' is a MUST read. Hold a few tissues - for both happy and sad tears!

Hilarious and emotional - a true tale of man and his best friend. You wont be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin A. Jacobs on 20 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I too have a Labrador, two years old, lamp black in colour called Sam. I named home Senor Samuel order of Plover, after my driver when I was in Kenya. During the reading of John Grogan's "Marley and Me." Sam was slumped as usual either across my bare feet or lounging full length on the sofa with his muzzle resting on my lap. He was with me when I laughed out loud rousing from his contented sleep and he rose to lick my face when I reached to stroke his back when I read a sad paragraph or two. Punctuated with "oh you are so like Marley" I sometimes read passages out loud at which Sam cocked his head as if to listen.
The book is of course about a naughty but loveable dog that predictably causes a lot of fun, sadness and downright anxiety. There are some very moving passages especially when Marley helps calm John's wife after leaving hospital. Once through the book towards the last quarter the reader begins to realise that Marley is getting old.
I experienced laughter, sadness, empathy, sympathy and tears of joy and emotion.
I read the last ten pages in a mist of tears and through that veil choking back the lump in my throat I reached down to Sam laying prone on the floor, cupped his muzzle in my hands and said "Sam I love you" He rose up on all fours placed his fore legs on my chest and raised his tail, he then passed the best Fart ever. I could imagine Marley looking down from Heaven saying "Good boy Sam"
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