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Ordinary Dogs Paperback – 5 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571277845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571277841
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is a wonderful book, cleanly and honestly written, funny, wise and valiant, and entirely free of sentimentality.' --John Banville, Guardian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ordinary Dogs, by Eileen Battersby, is a unique and very personal story about one woman's relationship with her much loved rescue dogs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z. Dillon on 11 Nov. 2012
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This book tugs at my heart strings as Im a dog lover and I see so much of my 'guys' in her 'guys'. I carry it in my handbag and read snatches every now and then because I dont want to finish it (although I almost am). I feel like I will be letting go of good friends when I do finish. A beautiful read
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ciaran Quinn on 14 Aug. 2012
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Review: Memoir: Ordinary Dogs by Eileen Battersby (By Rosita Sweetman in the Independent)

Given that she is, according to John Banville, "the finest fiction critic we have", one might have expected that Eileen Battersby's first full-length book would be a high-minded literary novel. Instead it's non-fiction. Not only that, it's the story of her two dogs -- which makes it the perfect Christmas present for any dog lover.

It begins over 20 years ago in a cottage on the outskirts of Dublin. Battersby is a young PhD student from America who has moved here and reads books, digs gardens and sands floors for a living; she is also a dedicated runner, is in a not very fulfilling relationship with a boyfriend (unnamed), and is in search of a dog.

First she finds Bilbo, a tiny pup in a horrible pound. Next Frodo, "a squat character who should really have been wearing a bowler hat", finds her and just moves in. And so, her 20-year long adventure with "the guys" -- that is the subject of this book -- begins.

The pace is hectic. Bilbo almost dies of distemper. A crazy lady with a pack of dogs stalks the village green accusing Battersby of "mollycoddling" him. An abused dog from up the road is found dead in a ditch. An old lab leads her to the back of a shop where she discovers a bitch and six pups who are about to be sent to the pound. Frodo arrives, and, politely, refuses to leave. It's all happening. How is she to cope?

Not that "the guys" -- Bilbo and Frodo -- are ever a problem. Love is given unconditionally, and returned tenfold. Complicated training routines are not seen as helpful. "Orders weren't needed, we just fell into step."

Battersby's acute observation illuminates her text. And the (extra)ordinary dogs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By helen fletcher on 22 Jan. 2013
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A beautiful account of Eileen Battersby's life with Bilbo & Frodo, who both chose her to be part of their lives. This is no ordinary autobiography; it is as much a doggy biography, as it shows how inter-dependent the 3 of them become. The sad parts had me crying - be warned!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Watkins on 29 Aug. 2012
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This story takes you on a journey drawing you into the world of dogs . Animal lovers will identify with each and every one of the feelings and emotion described in this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elise Wood on 17 Jan. 2013
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I have enjoyed reading this, and will miss it. It was unsentimental; The dogs were central, with the rather eccentric owner kept in the background.
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