Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog (Paperback)Emily Dean (author)
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Finding humour and warmth in the most tragic circumstances, Emily Dean’s charming and poignant memoir traces the loss of three close family members and the uplifting presence of the pooch that she always craved as a child. Deftly written and laugh-out-loud funny, Everybody Died So I Got a Dog is a beautifully judged exercise in autobiography.
A story of love, family and overwhelming loss which led Emily Dean to find hope and healing in the dog she always wanted.
Growing up with the Deans was a fabulous training ground for many things: ignoring unpaid bills, being the most entertaining guest at dinner, deconstructing poetry. It was never home for the dog Emily craved.
Emily shared the lively chaos with her beloved older sister Rachael, her rock. Over the years the sisters bond grew ever closer. As Rachael went on to have the cosy family and treasured dog, Giggle, Emily threw herself into unsettled adventure - dog ownership remaining a distant dream.
Then, tragically, Rachael is diagnosed with cancer. In just three devastating years Emily loses not only her sister but both her parents as well.
This is the funny heart-breaking, wonderfully told story of how Emily discovers that it is possible to overcome the worst that life can throw at you, that it's never too late to make peace with your past, and that the right time is only ever now, as she finally starts again with her very own dog - the adorable Shih-tzu named Raymond.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm
'Dean is too smart for any pat, soft focus conclusions, but this book still leaves you smiling and with a lump in your throat.' - The Mail
'A wonderful and very special book that made me squeak with laughter and had me in floods of tears.' - Adam Kay
'Both very funny and moving, Emily Dean's writing will make you laugh, cry and stroke your dog (or any dog).' - Sarah Millican
'Gorgeous, heartfelt and uplifting' - Adam Hills
'Go and get this book. It's something that will make you laugh and cry especially if you are a dog owner. You'll find it one of the most joyous reads you'll ever ever have.' - Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live
'[Emily] writes with verve and vigour, and you will be rooting for her' - The Sunday Mirror
'You will cry as much as you'll laugh. A must-read memoir.' - Cosmopolitan
'Emily is both searingly honest and funny, and ultimately gives us hope that things can always get better.' - Heat
'Funny yet heartfelt' - Red
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