When Monty Don's golden retriever, Nigel, became the surprise star of BBC's Gardeners' World, inspiring huge interest, fan mail and even his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply.
In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog - charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is also a much loved family pet. He is also a star. By telling Nigel's story, Monty relates his relationships with other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present.
Witty, touching and life affirming, Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs is wonderfully heartwarming. Monty Don is a great writer coming out of the garden and into the hearts and homes of every dog lover in the UK.
'I have always had a dog or dogs. I cannot imagine life without them. I am just as much a fan of Nigel as any besotted viewer. In the book I explore why we love dogs and what they mean to us emotionally and domestically. I look back on all the dogs in my life - all of which I have loved deeply and which have been an essential part of my life. So, this is the book of Nigel - but also the book of all our dogs in every British family and a celebration of the deep love we feel for them.' (Monty Don)
©2016 Monty Don (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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"Of dogs and gardens"
I have quite recently discovered Don's show (the Gardeners' World), and I fell in love with that world of his garden, and his dogs. I was really glad to see his book available on Audible, and I do not regret spending a credit on it. Listening to the stories of family, dogs, gardens told by Monty himself was a special treat. I love how open and honest he is about his life, and he talks about some very personal and painful moments without ever going melodramatic or self-pitying. As a reader, and as a fan of his show, I respect that a lot.
He looks at his life and at lives of the dogs with the eyes of a gardener, who has seen fleeting seasons come and go, who daily deals with bitter losses and then hope.
The story of Nigel is told through the story of Monty's garden, and to fully enjoy the book, you have to watch the show at least once, and you have to love gardens (otherwise quite a large chunk of the book might seem boring, I guess).
I found this book utterly lovely, touching, and full of hope.
"an absolutely brilliant book"
being a golden retriever owner I found myself laughing along to monty describing the antics of his golden.
I felt privileged to share Monty Don's life with his dogs and cried many tears
"I hung off every word!"
I very much enjoyed every minute of this audio book. Monty is a superb narrator, you can hear the emotion in his voice. I loved hearing about Monty's childhood and background, even more so about all his dogs past and present. I laughed and cried with equal measure. Perfection, very enjoyable.
"Beautiful in Every Part ~ Canine Magic"
Having grown up with Golden Retrievers, and for the last 20 years having been owned by several Flatcoated Retrievers, I have always been drawn to Nigel as a comet, as a star appearing in the firmament of Gardeners World.
Monty Don reading his own book, with such feeling, evokes so many wonderful memories and at times brought tears too. For Monty's insights into the canine understanding of their lives with us ~ well done. This is a book that I will return to, like an Old Friend~ much as our dogs are to us in our memories, and so obviously the same applies for Monty and his own family.
"perfect for dog owners"
loved it. made me laugh made me cry. Monty puts into words exactly how you feel about your dog but having just made that agonising decision to have my dog put to sleep it probably wasn't the best time to read it!
"Lovely dogs, lovely man."
Perfect narration as Monty tells Nigel's story and other dogs. Memoir to man's best friend.
This is by far the best audiobook I have listened to. It is beautifully read and absorbing from the beginning to the very end. A must have.
"Funny, touching and heart breaking."
Get a box of tissues before you begin listening. Monty tells the stories of his many dogs style, its hilarious at times and very moving. If you have owned dogs through your life, you will know the pleasure and pain they bring. The stories of each dogs passing will make you weep buckets. But not because its sentimental, clichéd guff. But because of the matter of fact ness. When you begin life with a dog, the one thing you can be utterly sure of is, that you will have to say goodbye too. Highly recommended.
"The best book ever"
I was just walking a came to the end of the book. My heart sank. It was such a great book well read and with a lot of heart it has to be the best book I've ever listened too. I can not tell you how great it was and how sad I was when I came to the end. This is must have book
"Magical Biography for Dog Lovers"
Though Nigel is the main theme, the other dogs pull the story of Monty Don's life from childhood, the sadnesses and the joys.
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