'Handsomely produced . . . All in all, a quite absorbing collection, an easy Christmas present, and a perfect (if bulky) loo-side read.'
A wonderful selection of writing on dogs, from Plato to Virginia Woolf, and from ancient Egypt to twentieth-century New York
From beautiful lyrics to madcap waggery, from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's adored lap-dog Flush to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's terrifying Hound of the Baskervilles, and encompassing odes, fables, stories, songs, nursery rhymes and more, Mark Bryant has compiled a wonderfully evocative collection of writing on all kinds of dogs by all kinds of authors.
Included are poems by Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, Robert Burns and more; humorous pieces by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Ambrose Bierce and Jerome K. Jerome; and other delights from writers as varied as Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Anton Chekhov, Mark Twain, the Brothers Grimm, Edith Wharton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Louisa M. Alcott, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Mansfield, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Eliot and Jack London, amongst others.
Covering every genre, from humour and fantasy to romance and horror, and drawn from every part of the world, these stories, poems and excerpts from essays, letters, diaries and journals provide a collection to delight any dog-lover.
Praise for CATS: An Anthology of Stories and Poems
An ideal Christmas buy - Guardian
Praise for It's a Dog's Life: A Canine Cartoon Collection
Very funny but often moving'
My other favourites [include] It's a Dog's Life edited by Mark Bryant - lots of funny doggy cartoons - Sunday Times
Praise for Casanova's Parrot and Other Tales of the Famous and Their Pets
Compulsively readable . . . a book to dip into during dark evenings, preferably with a cat on your lap, a dog at your feet and a favourite pet llama nibbling your ear. - Mail on Sunday
Praise for Casanova's Parrot
A must-have gift book for all animal lovers and pet owners - Books Magazine
Praise for Cat Tales for Christmas
A thoroughly good read. - Daily Telegraph
Handsomely produced . . . All in all, a quite absorbing collection, an easy Christmas present, and a perfect (if bulky) loo-side read.