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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849019975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849019972
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A childhood memoir from the bestselling author of Paw Tracks in the Moonlight and Paw Tracks to Owl Cottage.

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Denis O'Connor trained as a psychologist and teacher. Throughout his career he taught in schools and lectured in colleges and universities. He holds a doctorate in education and psychology. He is retired and lives with his wife Catherine and his two Maine Coon cats in a remote country cottage in Northumberland.


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I am a great fan of Denis O'Connor, and have read and re-read his first two books many times, so I was delighted to learn he had published another book. However, this is a very different read from the other two. To say I 'enjoyed' it would not be strictly true, as some of the incidents he reports are quite shocking. It says a great deal of him that in spite of his troubled childhood he has turned out to be such a gentleman himself, and that he would appear to believe that there is a God, in spite of such a repressive religious upbringing. There is no doubt that his inherent feeling for animals and nature were his salvation, and I think this comes across well in the book. If Denis O'Connor finds the time, energy and inspiration to write another book, I would really love to hear more about Toby Jug, the little cat he rescued which we read about in 'Paw Tracks in the Moonlight.' This first book covers his first year with Toby Jug, and metions his sad ending, but I'm sure there must have been many more adventures that the two of them enjoyed together in the intervening years. How about it, Denis?
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Waited for the arrival of this book after having pre-ordered earlier in the year. This is the third book I have read by Denis O'Connor. He never fails to please me. Paw Tracks is recounting his early life which was littered with unhappiness caused by his father, but at every disappointment he faces he seems able to rise above the situation and find a compensating positive, surely a good way to live life. Paw Tracks, like both of the previous books, (Paw Tracks in the Moonlight and Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage) have made me weep but also they have made me smile, and even laugh out loud. I like to observe the surrounding wildlife but am particularly fond of cats so the first two books have been well worth the read and Paw Tracks too, will be read more than once.
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Dennis exposes the depths of evil and cruelty to which human beings can descend, in the form of his father's treatment of him and his beloved pet dog Monty. When I read the passage about how his father had his dog murdered I could feel my heart constricting and I couldn't breath. The abject sadness that I felt for the termination of the loving bond between Dennis and his dog was palpable and too much for me to bear. I just can't fathom how hypocritical monsters like the father can face themselves in the cold light of day- especially when they profess their belief in God and regularly trot off to church to mumble their sublimations. The best people in this world never go near a church, content in the fact that true goodness comes from within and can't be taught by ministers or clergymen.

Dennis writes extremely well and is a natural storyteller and I would urge everyone to buy any of his books. They can be very sad but ultimately they are uplifting. I share with Dennis his deep love of nature and all the creatures on this planet. It is just a great pity that not every human being shares this love of the natural world. Perhaps, hopefully, they will be evolved out.
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I too read both the other books and pre ordered this one. As other reviewers have said it is different from the other books - very sad but ultimately uplifting. It is amazing how Denis has overcome his early brutal childhood and still turned out to be a kind, decent man. It is also a book that gives hope that you can escape from brutality and he worked hard to achieve that aim.
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This really was a great book and I really enjoyed it. Others by the same author are now on my wish list! Very sad and shocking in places but overall a really heartwarming story, with the unconditional love and respect for animals helping the author through times of great adversity. Would definitely recommend reading.
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I hadn't realised this book would be so different. I feel privileged to have read this book which must have been so painful to write but I hope it was a cathartic experience for the author. It is amazing that Denis managed to grow up having such a loving relationship with cats - after the experiences with animals with his father.
If Denis has energy left I would still like to know more - from after this book ends to his life with Toby Jug and others.
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By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2012
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This is an account of Denis O' Connor's early life up to the time he left home at the age of eighteen.
Denis has some happy memories of his mother, but from a very early age he learned to fear his father. During his childhood Denis was regularly punished at home and life at school wasn't much better.
Fortunately, love and security was provided by a few caring relatives and other kind people. When life became unbearable, Denis either took refuge with them or went off to the woods and riverbanks and found peace in the natural world and animals around him.
At one stage he had his own adorable dog, but his cruel father got rid of it. The extreme distress this would cause would have been so much worse for a child trying to make sense of it. In fact he very nearly didn't get through this terrible part in his life.
There is some sadness in this book, but it's uplifting to read about the good things in his life that helped him through it. Denis found the mental strength to make sort sort of sense of his father's hatred and get a good education, to get away.
Having already read Paw Tracks in the Moonlight, I know that his love of nature has stayed with him and the love for a wonderful pet has made Denis's adult life more content.
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