Saturday, 14 January 2017

Reading My Books - Nigel, My family and other dogs

I do love a good biography and somehow stories about dogs always get to my heart, so this combination of dog story and dog biography really captured my heart.


Nigel is a golden retriever owned by the gardener Monty Don, who if you live in the UK you will know as the face of Gardeners World and other television programmes over the years.  I watch Gardeners World fairly regularly for the gardening of course, but I have to confess that I mainly watch it to see Nigel!

In the book Monty fully admits that Nigel is the star of the show and talks about what a great performer to camera he is.  Aided mostly by a yellow tennis ball apparently.

This book tells the stories of many - in fact all I think - of the dogs owned by Monty since he was a child right up to his newest dog Nellie.  Nellie is also a golden retriever and much naughtier than Nigel is.  If you watch the two dogs on television I would swear that you can see Nigel giving Nellie disapproving looks, as though he is saying "that is not what we do in this garden".  The obviously love each other though, and the relationship between the two dogs on screen is a lovely one.

While dogs are clearly the star of this book, there are also little anecdotes and stories about Monty's own garden and how his dogs have used the garden, different things they have liked about it, and, in some of the saddest parts, where they now lie at rest in the garden.

If you love a good dog story, and easy read, and are prepared to wield a large box of tissues then you will definitely enjoy this book.  You will also enjoy it even if you are not a dog person!

Would I recommend Nigel's story?  Yes!  Of course.  It was a great read and I loved it.  This book stays firmly on my shelf and I will definitely read some or all of it again in the future.

What is your favourite dog story?  Marley and Me is, of course another favourite of mine!

Amy

25 comments:

  1. I am going to put it on my list, as we are great fans of Gardeners World and also have the monthly magazine.

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  2. I am being tempted to buy this book, Amy ... Nigel is lovely, isn't he (and Monty's not so bad, either!)
    Margaret P

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  3. Oh, we love Monty Don (and Gardeners' World) in Finland as well! :) I could watch "Italian gardens" again and again. The book sounds lovely.

    Thank you for your comment today. I would be really interested to read about your ophthalmological experiences if you have time to write about them. Thanks in advance!

    Take care of yourself! xx

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  4. Thank for this Amy I love Nigel and Monty, putting it on my wish list.:) x

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  5. Hi Amy! I think Where the Red Fern Grows is my classic favorite. I sobbed at the end and it always feels good to be that emotionally involved in a book.
    Of course Beverly Cleary's Ribsy is a favorite.
    Maybe you need a dog? You could include your pet in those podcasts you are going to record this spring (hint hint). Have a lovely weekend!
    Oh! And Because of Winn Dixie is a very, very, very favorite! I love the film most!

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  6. I have one of his first books tucked away somewhere, From Garden fork to Table fork is the title I think. He is a great gardener and yes I like to see his dogs playing as much as the gardening. I read Marley and Me and my first thoughts were along the lines of, They were swindled by the sellers and They did not do their research. Apart from that I enjoyed the book, I haven't read many "dog" books but My Family and other Animals remains one of my favourite books.

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  7. IT looks like a great book Amy, a nice story is all what we need right now.

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  8. Monty Don is such a good author. I remember reading one of his books about setting up his first proper garden. Beautifully written and quite sad in parts. Sadly I can't remember the title. It was many years ago:) B x

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  9. I'm a sucker for a good dog story too. We watched the movie Marley and Me and couldn't watch the end, we were both crying.

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  10. I always look for Nigel (and now Nellie as well) when we watch Gardener's World they are both such beautiful dogs, I think I might be tempted to read this book:)

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  11. This sounds like "my kind of book." Thank you for sharing

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  12. A great read by all accounts! Thanks Amy!

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  13. I also watch the programme for the same reasons as you. I hope the little topiary of Nigel turns out well. There wasn't much about it in the last series. I think Nellie will settle down eventually. She has big pawprints to follow.

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  14. We have a lot of respect for Monty Don and love Gardeners' World when it's on. Nigel and now Nellie are great co-stars. The book sounds a good read. One of the first books I got engrossed in as a child was 'Shadow the Sheepdog' about a collie dog on a sheep farm written by Enid Blyton. Then later on there was the television series 'Lassie'.

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  15. Gardens and dogs and a book, three of my favorite things.

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  16. Nigel is a superstar! I always enjoy Gardeners World, can't wait for it to come back on. x

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  17. Well, well, that is on my list too, & our local library here in WG put in a request to buy it. It was accepted & I'm first on the "hold list" to borrow it, but it's not in yet. It is not only the UK who views Gardeners World, as we also watch it on pay TV, although they are usually a few years behind, & when another blogpal mentioned a new dog, I nearly freaked, thinking the worst about Nigel. I'm so looking forward to reading that book and another they have ordered too. That one is Amber's Donkey, a biography too. I've a lot of Monty's books & DVD's too. Most books I read these days tend to be true type stories. Just can't relax enough to get into a novel. One of the first books my Dad bought was about a black cocker spaniel called Scamp & I've always fancied a spaniel of some sort. Oh well we can all dream.

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  18. I love all the Border Collie adventures of Jon Katz. I'd suggest his books: running to the mountain. He had labs his whole life and then took on a border collie. It taught him so much.

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  19. Happy New Year, Amy. Hope your Christmas was extra special.
    I always smile when I receive a comment from you. Thanks for you faithfulness. I haven't been good lately. Life has been quite overwhelming. It seems hard to keep up blog visiting and blogging. Lately, I haven't posted much. Hoping I will do better in 2017. I also lost my blog roll. It disappeared and I have not idea why. I'be put off making a new one for fear I would leave someone off. Have a good week. Bonnie

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  20. Hi Amy! I'll have to ask my daughter is she remembers this gardener and his show. Before they had children, she and her hubby lived in Otley for two years. We went a couple of times to visit and toured around a bit! I love dog stories too. I want to get another dog by spring. Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. That sounds like a lovely book to read. I confess... I've never read Marley and Me.

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  22. Hello Amy a lovely book review .One of my favourite dog stories I read as a child was .That dog so small ,a fascinating story of a child who wanted a dog so much he had an imaginary dog so tiny in his pocket.My grown up daughter now has a tiny dog ,a Chihuahua.I often remind her of this book I read to her when young and wonder if I influenced her dog breed choice .

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  23. I don't think I've read a book about a dog, but this one really appeals. Thanks for the review Amy. x

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  24. I bought this as a gift for my stepdad this Christmas, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it (and I may well borrow it too!) x

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