Dear Clementina: Letters From One Border Terrier Pup to Another by Colin Burke
“What a beautifully written and presented book.” – Sara le Conte
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“Loved this book. Really well written and funny.”
A chance meeting between two twelve-week-old puppies in a Manchester park leads to a series of letters from young Stanley to his new friend Clementina. Based on true events viewed through canine eyes, this work is a collection of that correspondence, and reflects upon the quirky world of humans, dogs and the interaction between the two.
With a comic perception that is perhaps only afforded to innocent observers, each letter stands alone as a testimony to Stanley’s efforts to comprehend the mysteries of life that confront young pups in their carefree progress throughout their first year.
From human vanity to intrusive vets to pesky cats, from basic bodily functions to the high-blown appreciation of modern art, Stanley keeps Clementina in the picture as he steers his way relentlessly, if not always smoothly, through the challenges that life throws at him, culminating in his first birthday party.
In this deliciously humorous work, wittily illustrated by W.H. Mather, readers will delight not only in recognising their own pets, but also themselves and their fellow dog walkers. But you don’t have to be a dog-owner to appreciate Stanley’s letters as their comedy will appeal to everybody.
And anybody contemplating getting a puppy should take advantage of Stanley’s wit and insight to help them in taking that fateful step of joining the ranks of the dog-owning fraternity. Pick up Stanley’s narrative and immerse yourself in the humorous, blossoming friendship of two adorable Border Terrier puppies!
Biography of Colin Burke
Colin Burke was born in Wallasey on Merseyside but for forty years has lived in Manchester. In the 1970s he was seduced away from a fledgling academic career to embark on a life in business administration, where he has been ever since. This is his first foray into the world of fiction writing.
“Bought this for my wife who loves anything to do with border terriers. She couldn’t put the book down once she’s started it. The stories mirrored our experiences with our own border terrier. A funny read for which there could potentially be a sequel?” – Andy M.