One of Australia's favourite British actors and star of ABC's Doc Martin writes touchingly about his life growing up with dogs and his search to discover their true nature.
Martin Clunes is happy to admit that with Mary, it was love at first sight; her soft, brown eyes, her perfect figure and that unstoppable wagging tail. As cocker spaniels go, she was perfect.
Mary was soon joined in the Clunes' household by Tina, another cocker, and Arthur, a black Labrador. Reminiscent of MARLEY & ME, the dynamics between the three dogs makes hilarious reading: puppy classes, Scrufts, the competition for top dog status (and even Martin has to fight for this), which leads to visits from a dog psychologist.
His passion for dogs inspired Martin to embark on a journey of discovery about their ancestors, both wild (the painted dogs of Tanzania) and extremely tame (the members of the Beverly Hills Mutt Club).
With his trademark warmth and humour, Martin describes meeting a worldwide cast of doggie characters, and how humans have shaped the dog world as we know it today. One thing is certain: he will never see Mary, Tina and Arthur in quite the same way again.
[A Dog's Life is] Martin Clunes's charming, sensible exploration of the noble bond between man and dog - Telegraph
An endearing account of the Clunes' family struggle to instil peace between their warring cocker spaniels, while Martin traces how his dogs' wild ancestors became the pampered pets of today - Woman & Home
Martin embarked on a world-wide quest to explore the history of dogs. This book is Martin's account of his discoveries, told with his own brand of warmth and humor - Sun
This fond, funny and endearing book is a must for all dog lovers - Dogs Monthly
Part memoir, part canine love affair, Clunes tells an engaging tale of life in the country with beloved dogs... A lovely read - AND magazine
Compelling reading and full of surprises - Weekly News
An endearing read through which we learn about Martin and his family, and the world of dogs - NFU Countryside