Lost Dog: A Love Story by Kate Spicer - review by Grub Smith

Grub Smith

Shaggy Dog Story

Lost Dog: A Love Story


Ebury Press 288pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

From Marley & Me to Old Yeller, most books about owning a dog are pretty mawkish affairs, a cynical tug at your heartstrings as you follow the journey from cute puppy to faithful friend to tearful final farewell at the canine equivalent of Dignitas. But this memoir, about a coked-up journalist who only finds true happiness when she buys a lurcher, is a different beast entirely. It’s grown-up, intelligent and marbled throughout with a wit that is, appropriately, dry as a bone.

Kate Spicer is a style writer for various glossy magazines and lives in Notting Hill, neither of which is likely to endear her to the casual reader. However, from the very first page she exhibits such a merciless candour when describing the shallowness of her life, peopled by air-kissing

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

A Mirror - Westend

Follow Literary Review on Twitter