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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099521334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099521334
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cheeky [and] irreverent" (Scotland on Sunday)

"An erudite, entertaining, informative and sometimes spectacularly rude rant" (New Scientist)

"Learned, intelligent, outrageous, fruitful and funny" (Tribune)

"He is a sensitive writer, capable of great subtlety" (Guardian)

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A funny and insightful book about what our attitudes to dogs and deities can tell us about ourselves, by rapier wit and celebrated cartoonist, Martin Rowson.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Galloway on 18 Mar. 2008
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The cover cleverly plays off Richard Dawkin's recent best seller yet it alludes to something far less seminal; furthermore, the synopsis does no justice to the content.
This book is an extremely interesting and well based macro-view of social, cultural and political human behaviour, with numerous humourous narratives and anecdotes, providing additional substance to enjoy.
In short, it provides a wealth of thought provoking material and possibly even engenders answers to the meaning of life!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Moore on 3 Nov. 2008
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Do disregard the Telegraph quote guys - this wee book really has sod all to with loving or hating dogs. It is rather a very witty guide the nature of belief, with much interesting digression for a bonus: few of us, know, for example, that the English were once renowned for their cruelty to animals.

Mr Rowson is of course one of our finest ever cartoonists - this book shows he is also a very fine writer.
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I've long thought of civilisation as a by-product, or, as Rowson puts it (p17) a 'long.. suicide note' or Gaia's equivalent of a bad cold. The whole preposterous experiment, since the Industrial Revolution in particular, is a vast morality tale; Rowson, neither historian nor philosopher* though a highly intelligent man who can also tell jokes, is here its detached observer. Too detached - and I can't say I share his empathy with pets, whose enforced dependency (rent-a-friend!) infantilises and demeans both them and us (I make an exception of hens, whom I class as wild and who like certain breeds of dog make themselves useful). This slight, meandering confection should really have been five fifteen-minute talks on the radio (it originated as a talk to Lewisham humanists, jokes and all) but I suppose the title was thought too good to pass up. Christopher Hitchens' God is not Great is loads more fun

*The best thought is probably from Rowson's son Fred and his mate Rory on page 122. The animal noises in Appendix D are quite a handy resource too - though I'm pretty sure a Brazilian duck goes quoing quoing (who was your informant, Rowson?)
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Am enjoying the read and whole heartedly agree with the text. A few cheap laughs here and there,but glad I have read it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Wannop on 4 Nov. 2013
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I do not like buying books that have their previous 2nd hand labels half torn off especially when they are for less than the asking price - for this reason the book was not in great condition - covers scorched and mired by stickers
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