Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog: The funny, heartbreaking memoir of losing a family and gaining a dog
The crazy, funny, heart-breaking story of love, family and overwhelming loss which led broadcaster and podcaster Emily Dean to find hope and healing in the dog she always wanted.
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||Radio personalities - Biography - Great Britain, Great Britain - Biography - History - Elizabeth II, 1952
Description of this Book
'We were an extraordinary, noisy, unpredictable family, but not a dog family. People with dogs represented every aspect of domesticity that seemed right and functional. We represented everything about family life that was wrong and curious.' Growing up with the Deans was a training ground for many things, like ignoring unpaid bills and being the most entertaining guest at dinner, but it was never the home for the dog Emily always craved. Sharing the chaos and calamitous parenting was her beloved older sister Rachael, her rock. While Rachael went on to have the perfect family and treasured dog, Giggle, glamorous Auntie Emily lurched from one unsuitable relationship to another, normality - along with dog ownership - remaining a distant dream. Then tragedy strikes. Rachael is suddenly diagnosed with cancer, and in just three devastating years Emily loses not only her sister, but both parents as well. This is the crazy, funny, heart-breaking story of how Emily discovers that it is possible to overcome the worst that life can throw at you, and that 'there is no such thing as ready, there is only now', finally owning her own dog - an adorable shih-tzu named Ray.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||'Funny yet heartfelt' * Red * 'Emily is both searingly honest and funny, and ultimately gives us hope that things can always get better. *****' * Heat * 'You will cry as much as you'll laugh. A must-read memoir.' * Cosmopolitan * '[Emily] writes with verve and vigour, and you will be rooting for her' * Sunday Mirror * '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 'Gorgeous, heartfelt and uplifting' -- Adam Hills 'Both very funny and moving, Emily Dean's writing will make you laugh, cry and stroke your dog (or any dog).' -- Sarah Millican 'A wonderful and very special book that made me squeak with laughter and had me in floods of tears.' -- Adam Kay, author of THIS IS GOING TO HURT
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Emily Dean is a writer and radio presenter. She is Frank Skinner's co-host on the award-winning Frank Skinner Show (Absolute Radio) and currently presents a hugely successful podcast for The Times called Walking the Dog. She spent eight years as Deputy Editor of InStyle magazine and has written for titles such as The Times, the Evening Standard and You magazine. She lives in London, supports Arsenal and her career highlight was when Mark Gatiss called her 'sci-fi royalty' due to her childhood role in BBC cult series Day of the Triffids.