The Labrador Pact: Book summary and reviews of The Labrador Pact by Matt Haig

The Labrador Pact

A Novel

by Matt Haig

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The Labrador Pact by Matt Haig
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  • Published Feb 2008
    352 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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The Hunters are your typical family, with typical concerns—work, money, love, the trials of adolescence— with one difference: They are protected by a highly determined dog, their black Labrador, Prince. Prince views it as his sacred duty to defend his family and to guard its integrity. But what is he to do when the family's worst enemies are themselves?

Wry, perceptive, and heartbreaking, The Labrador Pact is a cunning and original take on domestic life in all its joy and disillusionment. Matt Haig has created an improbably poignant narrator in Prince, offering a truly unique perspective on the foibles of family relationships. As Prince uses every canine resource to keep the Hunter clan together, he finds himself confounded by the odd behavior of the humans he loves. To save the family, Prince must betray the ancient Pact of the Labradors—a decision that may cost him everything.

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"[T]he narrative is skimpy and redundant, perilously cute and clogged with anticipations of Haig's Shakespeare-inflected The Dead Fathers Club ...by no means a failure, but Aesop and Orwell did it better." - Kirkus Reviews.

"There's nothing light-hearted about Prince: he's more like a middle-aged accountant than a healthy young canine. Nonetheless, for the dog-lover there's much to enjoy in The Last Family in England: read it curled up in front of the fire beside your own mutt, and bring tissues." - The Age, Australia.

"This debut novel is a winner from page one . . . A subtle, dog's-eye view of the frailty of human relationships, it is perceptive, enchanting and destined to be this summer's must-read." - Mail on Sunday.

"It sounds kooky, but Haig pulls it off stylishly and unsentimentally." - The Guardian.

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Matt Haig Author Biography

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Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. His latest novel is The Midnight Library and the audiobook edition is read by Carey Mulligan. Haig also writes award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, which is being made into a feature film with an all-star cast. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

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