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The Labrador Pact

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Matt Haig is the internationally bestselling writer of six novels including the forthcoming How to Stop Time (on sale February 2018), several award-winning children's books, and one work of nonfiction, Reasons To Stay Alive. The Labrador Pact is his second novel, and his work has been translated into thirty languages.


In the second novel by British author Haig (The Dead Fathers Club), morality is left to the dogs. Prince, the Labrador narrator, lives by the creed, "Duty over all." At the beginning of the novel, it seems that Prince has failed all of humanity and disgraced Labs for all time, and, as he is about to be put down, he tells his own tragic story. Although he clings to the teachings of his mentor, Henry, a former police dog, Prince can't keep his married master Adam's eye from roving toward Emily, the new gal in town who just happens to be married to old schoolmate Simon. Further puzzling Prince are the aromas of fear and desire that Adam's wife, Katie, exudes whenever Simon comes around. And he certainly can't seem to sniff out a fix for the teenage woes encountered by Adam and Katie's two kids. With dogged determination, he sacrifices his own pleasure to protect and serve the family that can neither understand his entreaties nor appreciate his level of commitment. Although a little heavy-handed and arguably gimmicky, readers can't help feeling bad for Prince, a good dog just trying to do the right thing. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"A wry, serio-comic family tail, er, tale, for our serio-comic times." --The Washington Post "Dark, comic, and quite brilliantly adult." --The New York Times "Haig pulls it off stylishly and unsentimentally." --The Observer "I love this book. It's fabulous and moving and funny and strange. It will go down among the great animal books." --Jeanette Winterson, author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Praise for How To Stop Time "Matt Haig's latest book, How To Stop Time, is marvelous in every sense of the word. Clever, funny, poignant, and written with Haig's trademark blend of crystalline prose and deft storytelling, this is a book that stirs the heart and mind in equal measure. A hugely enjoyable read." - Deborah Harkness author of The All Souls Trilogy "Compelling and full of life's big questions, How To Stop Time is a book you will not be able to put down." --Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project "The narrator is 400 years old, but the sardonic asides give this pacy novel a modern twist. Matt Haig has designs on our heartstrings . . . The energy and zip of this book are hard to resist." --The Guardian "Matt Haig is astounding." --Stephen Fry

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