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'A comic tour de force... Haig has pulled off the difficult feat of sustaining a joke right the way through' -- The Times, 22nd May 2004
'An enjoyable modern-day fable... Touching, funny and unique' -- The List, May 2004
'Haig pulls it off stylishly and unsentimentally' -- Observer, 23rd May 2004
'So multi-faceted it could be re-read time and again... This is a remarkable book and a brilliantly entertaining read' -- The Big Issue, May 2004
'This debut novel is a winner from page one... It is perceptive, enchanting and destined to be this summer's must-read' -- Mail on Sunday, 16th May 2004
Clearly destined to become a cult hit. I only wish my dog had thought of it first. -- Daily Mail, 7th May 2004
Extremely funny... One of the most enjoyable books you could read this year. -- Waterstones Books Quarterly, Spring 2004
Highly engrossing, hilarious yet heart-breaking. -- Ink magazine, May 2004
The view of humans through the eyes of a dog is intriguing. -- OK! magazine, 1st May 2004
'I love this book. It's fabulous and moving and funny and strange. It will go down among the great animal books' Jeanette Winterson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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This was the second book from the author i read, after i picked up The Possession of Mr Cave. I have since read others and I find it so engaging that Matt Haig can write so well about the delicate nature of mental health and show that it really is an issue that can affect anyone and everyone.
I have since read The Humans and i am looking forward to reading more from Matt Haig.
Prince is a Labrador intent on following the 'code', to protect his Family, to use his canine wiles to do his duty and watch out for them.
Tutored by an older Lab, tempted by a Spaniel into breaking the code, Prince does his best to protect the Hunter family as potential marital strife and teenager issues threaten to tear them apart - but can he do anything?
The point-of-view of the dog is well considered, and we get the best of both worlds, seeing Adam and Kate's marriage through his eyes as well as their own.
There's mystery at the heart of the story, as well as some quite dark issues within the Hunter family. With some twists to uncover, I enjoyed the Shakespearian connection too - Henry, Prince and Falstaff - all made it seem as though tragedy and death were possible, just around the corner.
The story culminates in a few shocking episodes, and ends on a rather bittersweet note, but one I felt entirely appropriate.
It's a great read, might be quite upsetting for dog lovers, but a wonderful early work from a rather big name contemporary writer. I read this as a fan of Haig's other adult and children's books and was not disappointed.
I can't believe I haven't actually read a book by Matt Haig until now; I've also got The Radleys and The Humans waiting to be read now and I intend to get to them much more quickly than I did this one.
Prince is the young Labrador, eager to learn everything from his earnest mentor, the older dog Henry. He preaches the Labrador code. Look after the family for the family is everything. Yet as you might expect all is not as it might seem, and soon Prince is making decisions that he might not have made for himself, decisions that will come back to haunt him.
This book made me laugh out loud several times and any book that can do that, is all right in my book. But there is also sadness there as you might expect. Along the way there is a little nod in the direction of Animal Farm as the pace rattles along relentlessly. In some ways it is a children's book but definitely not for children, its colourful language dictates that, as does the story line.
I found it a very easy book to read, though it is 340 pages, and finished it in a matter of days. Tackling the Last Family in England was well worth the effort, I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good and quick read, and hoping to find moments of humour.
The Last Family in England.
By Matt Haig
I am an animal lover but I definitely prefer cats to dogs so I did not find it easy to empathise with the narrator of the story 'Prince' who just happens to be a Labrador Retriever. Prince feels responsible for his human family and he cares for them under the rules of ' The Labrador Pact' as he struggles to save the family from being broken up by outside influences.
The Shakespeare quotes before the novel starts, within plus characters names led me to recognise that the author is using some of the situations from the History Plays Hamlet and Henry IV. Although to be honest I never really understood the reasoning beyond showing us that Prince in his efforts to save his family will put his own life under threat.
Written as humorous fiction I did actually find it rather sad. The issues covered are serious ones, love, commitment to our families and dealt with in a way that I found difficult to relate to. Matt Haig's style of humour may not appeal to me in this novel, very much although I did laugh. His writing is without a doubt very clever and it is definitely worth reading for that reason alone.
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As a dog lover and owner of two Labradors, I loved so much about this book. The dog's narrative was utterly convincing, insightful and at times laugh out loud funny. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kats
Really well written with clever dialogue from a dog's perspective but I've never read a book before that has left me feeling so utterly bereft. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Samantha, UK
The idea of seeing a family relationship through the eyes of a Labrador is clever. However, the Labrador Pact gets a bit wearisome after a while. Read morePublished on 4 May 2015 by Mike707
A great book. Well worth reading even if you're not a dog owner. I've only just discovered Matt Haig and will be reading more! Try also The Humans.Published on 4 April 2015 by Mr. S. Bayley
TheLastFamilyInEnglandThe Hunter family are cared for by their black Labrador, Prince. He is a diligent dog determined to keep to the tenets of the Labrador Pact, the motto of... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2015 by Gemma Louise Thompson
Generally enjoyed this book, although not sure I would continue after reading the first chapter.Published on 4 Feb. 2015 by carolf
I’ve wanted to read more of Matt Haig since I read his brilliant novel, The Humans last year. One of the best novels I read in 2014.
I loved The Last Family in England. Read more