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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 (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,005 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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Light hearted view of a serious subject 15 Jun. 2008
By Hande Z - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another book promoting atheism and attempting to dissuade religious people from the 'folly' of their ways. It was written in a cheeky tone and, therefore, religious people who may be sensitive to expressions of atheism (especially those that may leave them feeling not very intelligent or rational on account of their religious beliefs) should not read this book. Those who want a serious, deep, and comprehensive exposition of the existence or non-existence of a supernatural being known as "God" may find this book a little short. However, Rowson has managed to express some established atheist views with much wit and clarity. The hypothesis that gave rise to the title of the book may appear facetious, but he has enough substance to make us ponder the allusion that God is no more than an "invisible sky pet". In this small book (143 pages) Rowson makes many sharp observations which may annoy religious readers, but may appeal to others. One example is "..in Britain, we have a Protestant state religion which, thanks to Henry VIII, proved at the moment of its creation that religion was subservient to politics." Rowson is a humanist whose light-hearted, practical, and kindly approach to life is clearly reflected in his allusions to dogs and other pets.
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