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Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog

Narrated by: Emily Dean
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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The funny, heartbreaking, wonderfully told story of love, family and overwhelming loss which led Emily Dean to find hope and healing in the dog she always wanted.  

Growing up with the Deans was a fabulous training ground for many things: ignoring unpaid bills, being the most entertaining guest at dinner, deconstructing poetry. It was never home for the dog Emily craved.   

Emily shared the lively chaos with her beloved older sister, Rachael, her rock. Over the years the sisters' bond grew ever closer. As Rachael went on to have the cosy family and treasured dog, Giggle, Emily threw herself into unsettled adventure - dog ownership remaining a distant dream.    

Then, tragically, Rachael is diagnosed with cancer. In just three devastating years Emily loses not only her sister but both her parents as well.   

This is the funny, heartbreaking, wonderfully told story of how Emily discovers that it is possible to overcome the worst that life can throw at you, that it's never too late to make peace with your past and that the right time is only ever now, as she finally starts again with her very own dog - the adorable shih-tzu named Raymond. 

©2019 Emily Dean (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Very well written (and read) book.

I live in New Zealand. I’d never heard of Emily Dean. I follow a select few people on Twitter and one had reacted to some “shameless self promotion” (said with a wink) by Emily of her book. Amazon Australia allow you to return a book you don’t enjoy so I thought “Why not?” I approached it with no expectations. It was a wonderful listen and certainly not one I’ll be asking to return. Really well written, and read by the author (essentially a rule of mine for biographies). As others have written; you should expect to be moved (the title gives it away a bit). In the finish I found myself thoroughly impressed by Emily. Someone who has lifted herself up by her shoe laces, dealt with adversity and come out stronger. Very “loveable” woman and all power to her. Highly recommended.

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Loved loved loved this beautiful book!

An amazing and beautifully written (and narrated) story. Made me laugh out loud in places and cry on others. Thank you Emily for sharing your story.

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brilliant

You won't read a better memoir of life, death, laughter, hope and the saviour of dogs . READ IT ...Emily nails life with a positivity she could be excused from having. just great!

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Heart breaking and heart warming.

I laughed out loud, I shed tears. Beautifully written! A book I'll definitely return to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-2019

Beautiful, funny and moving

Heartbreakingly funny and touching to the core. For anyone who’s ever had or lost family.

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  • Colm
  • 02-08-2019

Really enjoyed it and would recommend

Me and my Wife have listened to the Frank Skinner show for many years now and it's my favourite pod cast. I have to admit both of us did not like Emily Dean to start with, but have grown to like her and really enjoy her part on the show over the years. so I was somewhat worried that reading this book as I imagined her having a privileged back ground that might have turned me off her and my favourite show. I can only say it had the opposite effect and I like her even more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-2019

Emily <3

After being a fan of the Frank Skinner show on Absolute radio for years, I was interested to know more about Emily than she lets on in the show. This book was a great listen, hilarious and heartbreaking. Well done Em! xoxo

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  • MissT
  • 08-03-2019

Great listen

I loved this heart felt book from Emily.
I've been listening to her co-host with Frank for years, she is 'sunny' and funny, which the book reflects but also reveals her vulnerable side

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  • Paul Cusick
  • 11-05-2019

The lady behind the voice

I first came across Miss Dean while listening to Frank Skinner podcast. First impressions were not great but over time I started to hear the real person behind the self important facade. Emily seemed to soften. After listening to her book I have to congratulate her on a well written, witty and honest biography. I won’t spoil the story by giving anything away but well done Emily. I’m looking forward to your future ramblings. With Frank and hopefully in your next novel.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-01-2020

An enjoyable listen

Many, many people have suggested this would be a great listen for the recently bereaved. They couldn't be more wrong! I don't feel this book can be touted as a 'self-help' book. As a personal memoir, it's lovely. A heartfelt and heartbreaking account of how Ms Dean suddenly found herself bereft of family at a ridiculously young age and how awful that must have been for her. I understand she now podcasts about her walks with her dog and it gives me enormous pleasure to know her personal method of coming to terms with her grief has been so successful. A relatively easy listen, although there are a few tough moments that had me on the verge of tears. Overall, enjoyable and engaging.

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  • GaryAmyMum
  • 13-05-2019

rollercoaster

honestly never EVER had a book that filled with funny eccentric images and a childhood, beautiful bonds and funny stories and minute and then have me balling my eyes out the next! And all this on my commute to work. absolutely brilliant and I'm recommending it to everyone I know. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2020

Loved it!

Funny, moving, authentic, entertaining. Very engaging- couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended read, especially for those of us with quirky families!

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  • MFW
  • 08-01-2020

Heartbreaking and beautiful

The life described in this book is unorthodox, but bounded by energy and love, I thoroughly enjoyed it and don't mind admitting shed a few tears.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-2019

Good listen.

My wife enjoyed this a great deal, I have one naughty for the future. As in "you are not going there/doing that"... But you enjoyed that dog audio thing didn't you? Winner!!!

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  • Ben Spark
  • 17-12-2019

I can relate

Thanks for telling your story Emily. I can’t tell you how many coincidences and comparisons I made from my life and my sister to yours. Your story has helped me gain some perspective so thank you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-2019

probably my favourite book ever

You are introduced to the cast and grow with them. The family life seems chaotic, but very imaginable. My only down side to this book was the inevitability that it would end with each page.