Paw Tracks: A Childhood Memoir Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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A childhood memoir from the bestselling author of Paw Tracks in the Moonlight and Paw Tracks to Owl Cottage.
About the Author
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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book but felt sadness about the way Denis had to endure such hardship growing up. I'm pleased that he overcame it and became the man he did and I'm grateful for the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs. J. A. Archer
Really enjoyable next book in Toby Jugs series, I hope there will be others in the near future. Very easy reading for all ages.Published 8 months ago by Mr. A. G. Rudd
I have read Denis's books about his cats and love them all. Mostly I pass on books to others but I can't part with these. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Boyd
Why haven't I found this author before? A beautiful heart warming story that make cry and made me smile.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this the best of all the Paw Track books. Heartrending and very honest.Published 15 months ago by A. C. Mcknight
This book, although still a really good read, opened my eyes to the dreadful childhood Denis had with his abusive, cruel 'father'. What a horrible man. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lynne Morton