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

Simon Garfield

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A wise, witty, alternative history of humanity exploring how our relationship with dogs has changed over the centuries - by the author of the bestselling JUST MY TYPE

'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

'A fact-packed history of a 15,000-year relationship' Sunday Times

How did we arrive at the moment when a dog goes to the cinema? How did we realise that dogs could assist humans not only in hunting, but also in bomb disposal and cancer detection? When did pawsecco and naps on a luxury bed replace the scavenging of their wolf ancestors? From the first glimpses of our early bond on ancient rock art to the latest scientific and psychological insights, from the Corgis at the Palace to the true story of the Labradoodle, Dog's Best Friend is the story of a relationship built over 15,000 years that tells us much about dogs and even more about their owners.

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Praise for Dog's Best Friend: A Brief History of an Unbreakable Bond

  • 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

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

  • A fascinating, informative and highly entertaining expedition through the highways and byways of dogdom

  • 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

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Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is the author of twenty books. His previous titles include the international bestsellers JUST MY TYPE, ON THE MAP and MAUVE, while TO THE LETTER was one of the inspirations for the theatre shows Letters Live with Benedict Cumberbatch. His study of AIDS in Britain, THE END OF INNOCENCE, won the Somerset Maugham prize.

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