Dog's Best Friend: A Brief History of an Unbreakable Bond (Paperback)
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Dog's Best Friend: A Brief History of an Unbreakable Bond (Paperback)

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Published: 02/09/2021
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From the tame wolves in ancient cave art to the Soviet space programme’s mutniks, the author of On the Map and Just My Type turns his attention to the special relationship between man and dog in this highly entertaining volume.

One of the first words we learn. Perhaps the best friend we'll have. An animal so much part of our lives that we speak to it like a child and spend small fortunes on its wellbeing and wardrobe.

Dogs and humans: in the last 200 years no inter-species relationship has developed so fast nor come so far. Dogs accompany us in every walk of life, usually three times a day. How and why did this relationship begin? How has it changed over the centuries? And who's getting the upper hand?

Dog's Best Friend investigates this unique bond by revisiting some of the most important milestones in our shared journey. It begins with the earliest visual evidence on ancient rock art, and ends at the laboratory that sequenced the first dog genome. En route we encounter the first Labradoodle in Australia, a misguidedly loyal Akita in Japan, an ill-fated Poodle trainer in the United States, and a hilariously disobedient Romanian rescue dog named Kratu at the Birmingham NEC. We will also meet Corgis and Dorgis at the Palace, the weightless mutniks of the Soviet space programme, a Dalmatian who impersonates Hitler, and an owner who claims his Border Collie can remember the names of more than a thousand soft toys.

If you own or once owned a dog, you will know that our relationship can be as rich, complicated and rewarding as the relationship we have with other humans, and the book reflects this diversity with the aid of trainers, breeders and psychologists. Above all, it explores the extraordinary ability of dogs to enhance so many aspects of our lives. Dog's Best Friend is as entertaining as it is informative, as eccentric as it is erudite, and all told with Simon Garfield's irrepressible gift for witty and insightful storytelling.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474610759
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A witty celebration of the long-lasting dog/human relationship . . . There are some extraordinary facts in this book - Melanie Reid, THE TIMES

From the Queen's corgi named Rozavel Lucky Strike to Donald Trump being terrorised by a poodle, this love letter to our four-legged friends is a delight . . . there is a good joke, an intriguing tale or a fascinating statistic on every page - Craig Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY

Garfield exudes a puppyish persona, his prose is bouncy and his dog facts digestible . . . [a] fact-packed history of a 15,000-year relationship - Jackie Annesley, THE SUNDAY TIMES

A glorious new celebration of man's best friend . . . [a] moving and invigorating study of all things canine - Roger Lewis, DAILY MAIL

A treat . . . [a] charming and erudite book on the mutually rewarding relationship between Homo sapiens and Canis lupus familiaris - Helen Brown, DAILY TELEGRAPH

In the latest fun, excursive contribution to an eclectic oeuvre, this author explores the bond between humans and the dogs who love us and walk us, guard and rescue us - SAGA

DOG'S BEST FRIEND is as fascinating, funny and wise as we've come to expect from Simon Garfield. More than that, it's a book that asks profound questions about what it means to be canine - ANDY MILLER, author THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY

Funny, fascinating and endearing - this is a book that will make your tail wag - KATE HUMBLE

A fascinating, informative and highly entertaining expedition through the highways and byways of dogdom - JOHN BRADSHAW, author of IN DEFENCE OF DOGS

Byron, Sassoon, Woolf, Charles Schulz . . . many have managed to express the love we have for our dogs, but until now, no one has adequately explained it. Simon Garfield has written a book every owner will lap up with the same delight and enthusiasm their Fido would a discarded box of fried chicken. That is to say, with great pleasure - KATE SPICER, author of LOST DOG

A wise and witty alternative history of humanity . . . Interesting and somewhat unusual - PLATINUM MAGAZINE

Starting with ancient cave paintings and taking the reader on a journey from Buckingham Palace to the Soviet space program before heading into the genome lab, the book invites testimony from breeders, psychoanalysts, and pooch lovers the world over in its quest to work out the secrets behind the astonishing human-and-beast bond. A joy! - WOMAN & HOME, best non-fiction books of 2021

A romp through the history of our relationship with dogs, packed with fascinating facts and heart-warming tales of loyalty and derring-do. Discover how our canine companions help heal us, where designer dog trends began and more - WOMAN'S WEEKLY

Witty, probing, and spot-on . . . With emotional acuity, DOG'S BEST FRIEND leaves the reader acknowledging that Canis lupus familiaris will always be a mixed bag of ancestry and characters while maintaining an unflinching connection with us - American Kennel Club

This engaging study, by turns wry, ironic and poignant, goes from prehistory to now. By the end - even though the dog comes when you call - you wonder who really is in charge - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

In this well-researched and absorbing narrative, written with the same enthusiasm that characterized JUST MY TYPE and ON THE MAP, Garfield explores the human-dog relationship with humor, intelligence, and warmth . . . A dog fancier's delight - KIRKUS REVIEWS

If you have a dog in your life, Simon Garfield's Dog's Best Friend will make you laugh with recognition, cry at the pity of it all, and leave you feeling like you've just had your belly rubbed. As refreshing and restorative as a good walk - D.D. GUTTENPLAN, Editor, The Nation

Garfield is like the schoolteacher who made the time fly, a one-man Blue Peter team for intelligent adults, a great British explainer - OBSERVER

Garfield has a genius for being sparked to life by esoteric enthusiasm and charming readers with his delight - THE TIMES

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“Not What is Says on the Tin”

Not really a history of dogs at all. Just a collection of endless facts, anecdotes and historical reports. Save your money and get most of the books content from the internet.

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“Great read for dog lovers”

If you own a dog you’ll find so much to learn and enjoy here. Dog’s Best Friend traces the development of our relationship with dogs from ancient times to now, with some surprising revelations along the way, not least... More

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“Woof!”

If you've got a dog you'll learn so much from this and laugh along the way. Dog's Best Friend traces the history of the human-dog relationship from cave paintings to the latest experiments in DNA... More

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