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Sarah Britten

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The dog ate my book!

dogXian, the wicked book-eating dog.

Today I presented my mother with a copy of my new book, McBride of Frankenmanto: The Return of the South African Insult. This evening, as I was filling my car ahead of the 43c petrol price hike, I read an sms from my brother informing me that my parents’ mad chow chow, Xian, had eaten said book.

My brother says that I should take this as an endorsement, as Xian only eats books he likes.

Xian (pronounced Shian) has eaten many books before (he has a weakness for volumes on World War Two) and is also known to be fond of Noseweek. Originally called ‘Butch’, he was adopted from the Germiston SPCA – my father renamed him after a Chinese city – and had no manners to speak of when he arrived. My mother has worked hard to get him to behave in a passably civilized fashion, but it’s an uphill battle.

To prove the existence of the new title, here is a picture with a copy of the actual book together with my cat, who is the inspiration between the taciturn feline character in the book, Mr Kibble.



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