I used to watch Gardeners' World religiously when I had my allotment but I have to confess, I only caught the odd glimpse of the last series. When I did watch, I always enjoyed seeing Nigel, Monty Don's beautiful golden retriever, whenever he featured in a segment of the programme. Mick bought me Monty's latest book, Nigel: My Family And Other Dogs, for Christmas and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Split in to short chapters, it tells Nigel's story right back from puppy hood through to his back injury, his life 'on set' and everything in between. There's lots of snippets of information about Longmeadow, the garden which Monty and Nigel share with viewers on Gardeners' World, along with tales of other dogs which have shared Monty's life.
I'm not ashamed to say that I shed tears, both of sadness and joy, as Monty describes the relationships he's had with various dogs throughout the course of his life. It's a charming read and would appeal to any dog lover.
If you want to know what else I've been reading lately, you can find a list in the sidebar. This shows all the books I've read this year and there's also lists of the books I've read right back to 2012.