A lifelong bond with Ordinary Dogs

Ordinary Dogs by Eileen Battersby. Faber & Faber, €16.

13th November, 2011
Eileen Battersby: there is a universal love in her story that many readers will understand.

Irish Times journalist Eileen Battersby is without doubt an animal lover, so much so that her latest book, Ordinary Dogs, paints a picture of a person whose bond with her dogs is stronger than - and nearly outlasts - all of her human relationships. There are lovingly descriptive passages on other animals too, notably birds, but especially horses.

But this book is very much a memoir framed by a long time spent sharing her home,...

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