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The perfect Christmas present for dog lovers.

‘Delights on every page . . . the man knows what he’s barking at’ Lady

‘Christopher Matthew is a comic genius’ Sandi Toksvig

From Ozymandias the Steve McQueen of Springers whose acrobatic sex life rivals Errol Flynn’s, to terrier Ted, whose Falstaffian appetites (and over-indulgence following the loyal toast) lead to a shameful bender followed by a spell in rehab, man’s best friend comes in many guises, not all of them benign. In his latest collection of sly verse, Christopher Matthew celebrates the canine world in all its glorious diversity – and takes a sidelong glance at the human one along the way.

Travelling from Camp Bastion to West Wittering via a sunlit Greek island, Matthew’s compendium embraces comedy, tragedy and personalities great and small. There are exuberant, rear-fixated puppies and neglected latchkey dogs, there are dignified mongrel strays, war-heroes, a psychotic Great Dane called Cher Bebe and a top-drawer spaniel of theatrical lineage with Uggie-envy. And then there is man, with his cowardice, his commitment issues, his short attention span and his propensity for very silly names. . . The great question Matthew circles in this gloriously entertaining gallop through one of the world’s great auld alliances, therefore, is not so much who is the master in this relationship, as who is the mutt.

Touching, wicked, clever and kind, Dog Treats will bring delight and recognition to dog-lovers everywhere.

Reviews

Delights on every page . . . the man knows what he's barking at
Lady
Two of my great heroes are Gershwin and Ogden Nash and so many of Matthew's rhymes match them for ingenuity. He has covered every canine angle; wonderful variety, many emotions, but never soppiness
Oliver Pritchett
Matthew's delicious new collection of canine verse. Eclectic and wildly entertaining . . . a beautifully illustrated volume that will resonate warmly with any dog-lover
Good Book Guide