Published by Headline Review in paperback 13th August 2015. My thanks to them and Bookbridgr for my review copy.
No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo.
So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.
I originally picked this book up as I love stories about dogs. Although this wasn't quite the dog story anticipated it was thoroughly entertaining nevertheless. It is actually quite short at just over 200 pages and it made me laugh a lot.
It tells the story of Doggo and Dan and the unexpected turn their lives take when Dan's girlfriend of four years up and leaves, leaving Dan and Doggo who don't really get on, to get on with their lives without her.
From here on ensues much hilarity as Dan and Doggo try and forge a new life for themselves. Dan gets a new job in advertising and Doggo gets his own sofa in the office. Poignant in places, and equally funny. Both of their antics had me in stitches and my head in my hands.
A story of love and silliness, mistakes and getting over them and sometimes getting even. A joy to read with a warm and engaging cast of characters that had me involved from the very first page.
If you want to read something quite light hearted and fun, I would definitely recommend this one.
I defy you not to fall in love with Doggo and Dan too.
About the Author:
Mark Mills graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. He has written for the screen and is the author of previous novels, The Whaleboat House and The Savage Garden. This is the first novel he has written under the name of Mark B. Mills. He lives near Oxford with his wife and children.