My Dog Tulip

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: J. R. Ackerley

Narrated By: Ralph Cosham

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2011

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes


Distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought himself a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd named Tulip. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the ideal friend he had been seeking in vain for years. 'My Dog Tulip' is a bittersweet retrospective account of their sixteen-year companionship, as well as a profound and subtle meditation on the strangeness that lies at the heart of all relationships. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, Ackerley tells of Tulip's often erratic behavior and very canine tastes and of his own fumbling but determined efforts to ensure for her an existence of perfect happiness.

'My Dog Tulip' has been adapted to screen as a major animated feature film with a cast that includes Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini. It has been heralded as 'a stroke of genius' by New York Magazine and 'the love story of the year' by Vanity Fair.

'One of the greatest books ever written by anybody in the world.' - Truman Capote


  • Allen

    What a waste of time. Most of the book is about the author trying to get his dog pregnant, with all the clinical details necessary. You get the feeling he's almost willing to impregnate the b**** (his term, used constantly through the book) himself, if he could. Another portion is about the dog's excretory functions. Don't bother. Go for "The Art of Racing in the Rain" or "Marley and Me" if you want an enjoyable dog book; this isn't in the least. I kept hoping it would change subjects, but no...

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