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London, the Doggy and Me

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Short story.

Looking after a dog is one thing, but looking after a dead dog is a different matter altogether, especially for a stranger in London.

When a waitress from a Cornish fish restaurant lands an audition for a West End show, she can't believe her luck. The only catch is that she has to look after a pet dog in exchange for board.

She soon finds herself trying to juggle
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Kindle Edition, 1.0.0., 54 pages
Published February 18th 2012 by Kernow-Isca Publications
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Joo
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novella is a cracker. Rosen has the ability to write different styles of story and this for me is the best I've read of her works so far (not much but I'm working on it).

Once I'd got over that Steph didn't immediately tell the owners that their dog had died I accepted this story. Mind you it would have been a very short story if she had

The story then unfolded like a farce. I could see the action going on in my mind as the writing was so good. I loved the whole suitcase business.

A fantastic
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Sheli
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sheli by: Gemma
I thought this story was hilarious! The story could be seen as a little far fetched, but I think it was so far fetched it could have been true! The style of writing was really easy to read and a bit like talking to a friend.

It was a short story so perfect for when you need a pick me up between books or something to read on the train. Beware that you will laugh out loud!

I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Lindsay
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the hell out of this short story.

I downloaded this as it was offered free and boy am i glad I did.

For a short story the lead character was well developed, and bitingly funny. She had a sweet naivety about her, with quite a sharp side as well.

The story is fast paced, with everything spiraling one after the other, It makes you glad it is a short story, you need it to finish so you can take a breath. Some of the situations had me laughing out loud on the train home, much to the amusement
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Gemma
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, kindle
I enjoyed this book. It is a short story, and I found it in the Kindle store.
It only took a couple of hours, and it was a great book for a bit of a release. I liked the writing style, and it did make me laugh. A few times, I thought it was maybe a little too far fetched. Although, at the beginning it did say it was a true story - I could see most of it happening but perhaps I'm being unfair, as a lot of the time things happen to me which sound far fetched when relaying it back to people, when t
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Niall
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Niall by: Rosen Trevithick
Shelves: kindled
I was not entirely sure what I made of this story when I began reading it, as it is another one of those books/stories that fall into the "not my normal reading material" catagory.
But I have to say, I found it amusing and well written.
Even though it is a short story, the characters seemed fully developed and believable (including the dog). I find myself thinking, what a strange little story, but I am definitely glad I read it. Shame there wasn't more of it, but that would have defeated the point
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David Haynes
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've recently become a convert to shorter stories so I snapped this up when it was free!
It's a proper farce with some hilarious belly laugh moments. It's a very easy read, well written and I couldn't help but be reminded of Bridget Jones. The story had that "feel good factor" which was perfect.
Unfortunately there were some aspects of Derek which reminded me of myself and for that reason I won't be sharing this story with my wife!
All in all this was a light, easy read which made me laugh and I th
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Julie Powell
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another humorous read from this author where moments of 'horrible' coincide with laughter - always makes great comedy because it highlights human frailty and yet makes us laugh (although you may have to be British to really appreciate it.)

It demonstrates those times in our lives that so often plague us while compelling a smile due to our understanding of human dilemmas and possible options; we can relate so easily and be glad that it hasn't happened to us yet - maybe.

A quirky and fun read.
Anne
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Very unusual black comedy short story, in chick lit style, about a West Country girl travelling to a West End audition and her various misadventures. Staying with friends of her parents, she arrives to find the dog she's sitting has died - and that's where her troubles begin. Looking at Amazon, it seems Rosen Trevithick writes in a whole range of styles and I certainly wasn't put off reading more - there were parts of this that were really laugh out loud funny.
Maureen Reil
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'll keep this short and sweet, just like this tale. Anything that makes me laugh like this book did, gets my vote. It was a shaggy dog story in every sense of the way that this type of work should be written. And I could have carried on reading long after it'd finished, since I didn't want it to end when it did seeing as I could have read a whole novel featuring these realistic characters. As a result, I've just become a fan of this author and I think you should too.
Wendy Unsworth
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply, great fun! A Cornish waitress finds herself in London for an important audition. All she needs to do in return for free accommodation is house sit and look after the owner's precious dog. The demise of said dog is only the first of a string of catastrophes, ridiculous happenings and crazy outcomes. A light read with lots of laughs.
Lynne (Tigger's Mum)
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Funny, sweet short story, which reminded me of my daughter being left at home to dog sit a much loved elderly spaniel for me. Rosen's writing is so fresh and light and very enjoyable. (Apart from the smell of the dog that is)
Jud
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very funny short story about a girl auditioning for her dream role in the West-end who ends up house and pet sitting for friends of her mum where nothing goes as planned.

Rosen Trevithick
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written
Biassed me? No...
Jen
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2012
"And not just a lifeless shaggy dog with a hacked off tail, handcuffed legs and a splattering of flamingo pink paint"

Oh how I LOL'd! Brilliant.
Andrea
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, free-eread
This was a Kindle freebie, well worth the download. Very short story about all that can go wrong with a dead dog. The laughs and craziness of the story kept me reading.
Gina
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
8 September 2019
I like a bit of escapist, silly reading, but this short story is ridiculous to the point of annoyance. I sped through like a grim-faced witch. Where were the laughs promised by the four- and five-star reviews? I laughed once: I'm not an expert on sex, but surely a steady dick is essential.

While I did not enjoy this story, I did like the author's writing style. How wonderful to read a book that is not riddled with grammar issues!
Eirlys
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Laugh On Every Page

I loved the humour in this book. It seemed a macabre subject for a book, but it was hilarious. I found myself giggling at the same time as thinking "Oh dear" It was refreshingly honest about our reactions in strange situations.
Naomi
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK, so I think I have read everything that Rosen Trevithick has written and it still continues to amaze me about the breadth of her writing capabilities. When I saw this advertised, I jumped on it! I have read some things of hers which have been simply gut-wrenching (The Selfish Act, On the Rocks) to things that I have thought "how in the hell does she come up with this stuff?!?!"(Straight Out of University) This falls into the "how in the hell does she come up with this stuff?!?!" category. Thi ...more
Megan
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a free kindle book when I picked it up so I took a chance. I'm a Londoner by birth and I like to wander the streets again through literature. I'm also a dog owner. I could see the point of the story, and I could see the humour in a character getting into the awkward situations the heroine did, but I was not hooked.

For a short story it took me 3 days to get through because I simply got bored. I didn't connect with the protagonist nor any of the support cast and I found the treatment of
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Sheila
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The voice is so smoothly British, downtrodden and sweet. The train to London is so very authentic, even to being very authentically late. Paddington station was never so seductive (but I do remember my first vision of Euston and feeling like I’d gone to heaven). The tube is crowded. And this book is just plain fun!

Then there’s the dog, the audition, the boyfriend, and the wonderfully prim and proper couple Steph has agreed to dog and house-sit for. The audition, to be fair, goes slightly better
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Emma
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this short on a recommendation from a friend as I was after an easy, quick read. Which is exactly what this book offered. I did not expect the laugh-out-loud content of the book. This is a very funny story about a string of circumstances that I hope no one ever has to deal with. I will definitely be reading more from Rosen.
Eumachia
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-ebooks
I didn't like this at all. The story was cliché, the writing was amateurish, and the plot was ridiculous. Fortunately, it's very short. The upside is that the author is fairly adept at painting a scene, so I could see myself enjoying something else by Trevithick if it came with a recommendation I could trust.
Heather
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not for dog lovers. It was a tolerable read, but not enjoyable if you really love dogs...the focus is all on the human characters, and none of them have what I would consider a healthy respect for animals.
Patti (baconater)
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious short story about a young woman on a quest to realise her life's dream that had me laughing out loud. The scene on the tube will be lasting in my memories especially! Gleefully recommended.
T4bsF (Call me Flo)
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
Just finished this and gave it 4*. A humourous look at a Waitress who would like to become an actress. A symbiotic situation arises that allows her, in exchange for some dog/house sitting, to stay in London for her auditions for a play. Things don't go well from the start..........
Julie
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I expected this to be due funny, but it wasn't funny to me. It was actually grotesque. According to the author, this is a true story. I would have called it a bizarre tale or real-life, morbid adventure. I finished it, but I couldn't wait for it to end.
Kara
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was just okay...
Judy
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A David Sedaris type story. funny.
Katrina Leaney
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Had me in stitches from start to finish!
Cathy
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Rosen is a British bestselling author, who writes fiction for children and adults.

She was born in Cornwall and grew up on Restronguet Creek. She studied Experimental Psychology at St Catherine's College, Oxford, before moving back to the West Country. She now lives on the south coast of Devon with two imaginary cats, fantasising about getting a real one.

In 2011 Rosen was an aspiring author. Writin
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