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Harry Pearson is versatile writer. Although best known for his witty newspaper columns about football his previous books have been on a diverse variety of subjects - football, travel by internet, toy soldiers, Belgium and country fairs. All different but all very entertaining.

In this his latest book he as chosen to write about his life in the country. The main characters of his latest book are dogs, primarily the authors own - Little Man (aka Manny) and its predecessor, Ingo - but also the various dogs owned by his relatives and his fellow villagers.

It is a pleasant enough read but the humour is a little more gentle than I have come to expect from the author. Indeed, the dogs and the countryside setting gave the book a bit of a 'James Herriott' feel to it.

I suspect therefore this book will appeal more the James Herriott readership than those who have enjoyed Harry Pearsons previous books.
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on 4 August 2010
This is a book for real dog lovers with ordinary houses and ordinary dogs. Harry's experience matches our own except he writes it so much better. So for example, his partner worries that their daughter's first sentence will be " Get out of the way, you stupid dog". Those of us with dogs will empathize immediately. He charts too how dog owning has changed, from the way we look after our dogs now as compared with the 60's and the names we give them. I've read all Harry's books and his column in the Guardian is a must, but this book is his best and funniest.
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on 24 February 2012
...a little like sharing one's life with a dog, on which this book is fairly obviously centred.
As the characters (both human & canine) introduced in the early chapters become increasingly familiar, the 'pen sketches' herein simply become increasingly amusing. Mr Fudgie and Mrs Pelham-Beale, foe example, will live long in my memory and there are some anecdotal gems in here that have already been committed to one's mental store of 'for potential repetition around a dinner table, one day'.
As an aside, this is the first time that I've been moved to post an on-line review and I'm rarely in agreement with the ubiquitous critical review quotes found on dust-jackets.
My copy prints a review snippet to the effect of "...Pearson is funnier than Bill Bryson....", an author whom I hold in the highest regard. Clearly this is a subjective statement and, as a quote, possibly even taken out of context.
However it's arguably true & what I would add to it is that Harry Pearson's style is necessarily different to Bill Bryson's - this is not a travel book; nor is it laden with 'illuminating facts' from which the narrative springs.
However, in terms of authors whose style and perhaps intent is to engender a smile; inward laugh or even audible guffaw in the reader - then Harry Pearson and this book in particular deserves to be right up there with the very best.
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on 20 July 2011
Only buy this Book if you are a Dog lover and owner.
A well written Book as usual by Harry Pearson , it is obvious that Harry is a Dog lover , but not overly emotional about dogs . It contains much happiness and as dog lovers realise , the ultimate sadness .
Well worth a read .
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on 16 April 2012
This is a wonderful book - Pearson writes a chapter for each month of one year in his life in a small Northumbrian village. The main characters apart from him are his dog Little Man, a scent hound with his own agenda, his family and his neighbours, all of whom are beautifully drawn. Little Man is of course the star, but every character lives on the page, and although Pearson's stories about them are hilariously funny, the writing is so sympathetic and gentle that you never feel that you are laughing at their expense. There are also lots of interesting snippets about history, the countryside, etc.

I would recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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on 18 November 2011
Harry Pearson's Friday column in The Guardian sports section is one of the joys of the week. The author brings all of the great humour and personality he shows in these columns into his books: "Slipless in Settle" was brim full in this way, and "Hound Dog Days" is just as enjoyable. If you are a dog lover, then the wonderful description of the traits of different breeds will have you smiling with recognition, then laughing out loud at the scrapes these dogs get into with their owners.

More, please, Harry.
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on 11 June 2012
Easy reading and mildly entertaining and informative, but that is about it! It does relate to my daily dog walking experiences, but there was no additional drama or excitement.
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on 23 April 2015
Great book.
Brilliant holiday read. Great to give anyone who has or has had a dog in their lives. Beautifully written by one if my favourite humorous authors.
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on 10 June 2016
Whether or not you have a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (and we do) this book is a great read and very funny. It's not just about dogs, it's about people too.
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on 6 January 2013
Once again Harry Pearson is funny and thoughtful. a really good read. Whats next? Can't wait for it. . .
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