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Adventure addict Keith Foskett adores travel and the outdoors. A veteran of El Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Pacific Crest, Appalachian Trail and more, he follows a different lifestyle. Adventure and chasing dreams come first, convention and acceptance are second. In this book he shares a collection of trips, thoughts, and observations from his award-winning blog. From the extremes of the New Mexico wilderness to his beloved South Downs in England, he observes the world with clarity, hope, daydreams and humour. With tales of local history, the changing of the seasons, facing death and pursuing his chosen path, this is a glimpse into one man’s unfaltering passion to follow his dreams.
Chris Brooks grew up with animals; as a little girl, her best friend and guardian was a dog.
Growing up, nothing changed and over more than twenty years, she adopted or rescued a pot pourri of dogs, from a three legged terrier to an abandoned grey hound to a Spanish Podenco. In short she is a ‘dog lady’.
This is the story of her journey through life with some of the mutts and mongrels who shared it; from the alluring to the alarming, the tranquil to the timid, the serene to the certifiable.
Meet Chris’ dogs from over the years; Fudge the geriatric Labrador, Bracken the ten stone Rottweiler found abandoned and dangerous; but most of all, meet the Gang of Four, Seamus, Shannon, Minnie and Duncan the Canine Tripod.
All Rescue Dogs, but all unique and with very difference backgrounds and personalities: Seamus, abandoned, Shannon, abused by a paedophile, Minnie, condemned for aggression and Duncan the Three Legged, eternal puppy, amputee from being hit by a car. They bonded with each other and with Chris in a unique relationship that was ‘The Gang of Four’. Read their story for an unforgettable experience.
En route you will also read other tales on subjects ranging between renovated buildings to rescued chickens.
Today, Chris is still dog crazy and is living in rural Spain with her current rescue dogs, cat and partner. She finds time for her writing between working on her Mediterranean garden, renovating her Spanish finca, and perfecting marmalade.
“Just finished this wonderful book, The Long, The Short and The Tall. A really good read for anyone, especially animal lovers, it has everything; comical in parts, gut wrenching in others & so sad you could cry. Christine’s writing is awe inspiring, I felt as though I was actually there with her on her walks with her Gang of Four! I loved it & can’t wait for September when her life with her fur babies continues….” (Sandra S)
“An absolute must for all who love animals, but equally appealing to anyone else. It’s only drawback is that once started you cannot put this book down. I laughed and cried; Yes, really cried in places at the sheer tenacity of both animals and humans portrayed within. Chris Brooks, you are a born story teller and I look forward, immensely, to Scrumping for Lemons. When will it be ready?” (Francine Haines)
If you want to read stories about dogs, true stories, and other true stories about animals, this is the book for you.”
“Hilarious & Heartbreaking” ✮✮✮✮✮
Will there be light at the end of the birth canal? Does the word ‘endometriosis’ make you want to stick a fork in your eye? No?
Then perhaps this book isn’t for you. It’s funny, and (sometimes alarmingly) frank. It contains an impressive array of synonyms for ‘vagina’ and it’s certainly NSFW.
It’s about having a devil womb and a hot knife lodged in a shoulder. It’s about becoming blackly bitter and twisted in infertility and then slowly finding a way to untwist.
It’s part memoir, part dark comedy, wrapped up loosely as a journal full of TMI and quirk.
Let me put it this way: If Helen Fielding and Marian Keyes were to go through IVF, and use Caitlin Moran as a surrogate, this book would be their baby.
‘The Underachieving Ovary’ is an honest and satisfying must-read for anyone battling endometriosis or infertility. Start reading it today.