A Love Story
by Kate Spicer
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 30 Jan 2020 | Archive Date 29 Jul 2020
Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, Ebury Press
The Sunday Times top ten bestseller
'Lost Dog is already one of my books of the year. Spicer writes like a dream...You will love it.' India Knight, Sunday Times
'Sharply observed and deeply funny, it's one of the best, most enjoyable books of 2019 so far' British Vogue
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One morning, you wake up and wonder what has happened to your life. Then you realise: you happened to yourself.
Kate is a middle aged woman trying to steer some order into a life that is going off the rails. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself. But when the dog disappears, it is up to Kate to hit the streets of London and find him. Will she save him, as he has saved her - or will she lose everything?
As she trudges endlessly calling his name in the hopeless hope she may find him, she runs into other people’s landscapes and lives, finding allies amongst psychics, bloggers and mysterious midnight joggers. Trying to find her dog tests her relationship, and her sanity, to its limits – and gets her thinking about her life, and why things have turned out as they have for her. A brilliant, life-affirming memoir, Lost Dog is a book like no other about the myth of modern womanhood.
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Average rating from 45 members
A gorgeous, life affirming book about Kate Spicer and her love for her lurcher and what happens when he disappears. This is a shaggy dog story with a heart as the author discovers so much more about herself and her life throughout her search for her beloved pet. Beautifully written and inspirational, this is one of the books of the year.
Loved this book I have 2 dogs and I can relate to how this lady hunted high and low for her dog. Dogs are part of your family and unless you are a pet lover you will not understand this story
I loved this book, anyone who has a dog and knows how they change your life will appreciate the redemptive effect Wolfy had on the author. The search for the lost dog takes Kate to places she has never been to before and some of the people she meets change her perspective on life and love.
Dog lovers will definitely connect with this, a book of two parts for me. Finding and falling for a manky looking crossbred Lurcher, with crazy days of dog walking and meeting other dog people who you never know by name. Then a manic fearful time of pain and loss when he goes missing . I will look at the posters for lost pets with less indifference now. . I read it in one sitting not wanting to finish it but knowing I must .
Kate Spicer's book really touched me. My own rescue dog has done more for me than can ever be told, so I really engaged with the story of Kate and Wolfy. The book puts into words just how much you can love/fall in love with a dog, and I read the story of Wolfy's disappearance with my heart in my mouth even though I knew the outcome from reading about the book. It's also a tale of social media working at its most positive best.
Heartwarming, visceral, funny, moving and perfect for that dog person in your life. Wolfy is a dog that anyone could fall in love with.
Kate is a middle aged woman who would like some order and stability in her life but is easily distracted into a chaotic/insecure lifestyle. Kate hasn't managed to find any real anchors, although she is in a relationship that is meaningful, there is little the couple share to cement it together and distractions keep taking Kate on troubled paths. When Kate gets a dog Wolfy, it somehow changes her life. This is not a soppy story, as it isn't all plain sailing. Kate has to develop this new relationship. I am not sure if this book is about loss or love or both. Wolfy goes missing and Kate realises how her life has been affected by her dog, as she continues the search for him. I liked the book as it was down to earth, believable, it was touching. I wasn't sure who I was routing for, Kate or Wolfy. Throughout this book I always had an underlying fear of how it would end. I knew I must finish it quickly and I did.
As someone who loves her dogs and has herself been ‘saved’ by their unconditional love and companionship I really enjoyed this book and everything held within it. Such an emotionally-driven, honest and well written book.
This is a rather compelling love story about a woman who finds her way back to her best self by falling for a dishevelled lurcher and adopting him. I didn't know anything about Kate Spicer before I started reading this. I am impressed that she is so frank in the way she writes about herself. To be honest, she doesn't paint the best picture of herself, and I did wonder at the start, quite where the book was going. The dog is the salvation of the book as well as the person. Even though I'm not a dog person, I rather warmed to Wolfy. He seemed such a rakish charmer.
What a beautiful book! Had no idea what it was about when I spotted in the Netgalley 'featured' list so I downloaded a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review and in this instance I was really pleasantly surprised. I didn't realise that it was a memoir at first, and to be honest I'm not sure I would have picked it had I known, but Kate's story of falling in love with the wonderful Wolfy is really really lovely - definitely a case of who saved who :0) x
I read this book a few months ago and so although it is not fresh in my mind, it still stirs emotion in my heart. I loved it and read it in a few happy days - sad days too as of course I cried and was moved by the love in the story. The narrator is a woman with problems - she is happily partnered but she feels the need to escape and there are also the 'tomato wars' "You get the boyfriend you deserve, I think, mournful, resigned, self-pitying. A victim. And, it's true, the punishment cuts both ways- he has me too, a woman who judges people who keep tomatoes in the fridge'. She also drinks too much and regularly visits a 'friend' who provides cocaine. To cap it all she has financial problems which mean she has to beg, borrow and barter. She is also very funny. She might be a difficult and frustrating friend but she would be an excellent and witty companion. I liked her a lot. This book is about how she was lost and then found herself. A story of redemption. She decided to get a dog and finds deep love of the kind that can save your from yourself. Then the dog gets lost. I'm not spoiling the story to tell you that as it's in the title but after that, the book is amazing. Her search, for dog and self, her obsession to find him, her determination which won't allow for failure. And she transforms from someone with deep emotional issues into someone you would want on your side in a crisis. I wanted to go and help her. she grew into a mythic character, undergoing the mythic journey into hell and back. Here is an example of the humour "forget the Carlton Club, try gaining the trust of the Lurcher SOS forum members: it'd be easier to buy weapons-grade plutonium on the dark web" I loved every word of this book. I will read it again and recommend it to friends. You don't have to be a dog-lover, which I am, but just a human with a heart. And if you have ever lost an animal you will find yourself here.