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
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!
Love crime books and history but not always together. But happy to expand my horizons.
Perfect narration as Monty tells Nigel's story and other dogs. Memoir to man's best friend.
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.
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
Monty Don himself reads this charming account of his dogs, especially Nigel, and the garden so well known to viewers of BBC Gardeners World. It is beautifully read and both amusing and moving as he describes bringing up his dogs through good and bad times, the pleasure and solace they bring.
A heartfelt rendition of past memories, told in the flow and gentleness only Monty can do. I highly recommend this audio book, smiles and tears alround. Nigel is a star. Thankyou Monty and Nigel.
WOW!!!!!!!!!!! what an absolute gem of a book !!!! I truly can't recommend this book highly enough. from the first word uttered by the lovely monty, his soothing smooth chocolatey tones i was hooked !!! desperate to hear the story unfold but equally desperate for the story to never end.
as a dog lover myself I hung on every word monty uttered. the way he describes his life and love of dogs he has had as part of his family is fascinating and I honestly smiled and ooooed and ahhhed and even shed tears constantly throughout this book. give it a go and embrace it you won't be disappointed !!!!!
absolutely truly madly deeply loved it !!
"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.
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