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Louisa Bennet let off the leash

Posted by : Monty on September 8, 2015

Monty & Me‘s ghost writer, author Louisa Bennet, spent the day at Harper Collins Australia’s offices in Sydney on Friday, and she’s pictured here with Shona Martyn, the Publishing Director. I can tell from the photo that Shona is a very friendly person (look at that smile!) and very groovy indeed. For some strange reason I wasn’t invited to the event and spent the day at home (hurrumph!). Admittedly, I had a juicy pig’s ear to chew, and my mate, Lilly the loon, to rumble with. So I wasn’t exactly suffering. However, when Louisa comes home, late, smelling of, dare I say, wine (yuck! Tried wine and have no idea why she drinks it) chicken wraps, smoked salmon bagels, strawberry tarts and, wait for it, CHEESY mini muffins, I decided I would write to the lovely lady in the photo and ask if , as the actual mastermind of the book, I  can come to next year’s fabulous smorgasbord of yumminess. Oh, I meant to say authors’ day. Here is my wee-mail to Shona:

Dear Shona

My name’s Monty and I’m a dog. You’ll know me as the star of Monty & Me, but I’m also the author. You see Louisa is actually the ghost writer, and she’s fantastic at it. More importantly, she can use the keyboard better than me and she’s less distracted by a passing possum or a discarded burger in the gutter.

Anyway, I’m writing to you because I would very much like to attend next year’s Harper Collins authors’ day. Naturally I’m fascinated by the speeches and the chance to meet people, but I have to be honest and say I’d just as happily skip all that and stay close to the food. Leave me with the sandwiches and I promise I will be as good as gold. Truly!

I’d also like to offer my services as a speaker next year. I believe Harper Collins and indeed every book publisher is missing out on a huge, untapped book-buying market – dogs! Hounds left alone all day while their masters are at work have to find something to do. We don’t just spend the day sleeping or gnawing an ancient bones. We read, watch TV, use social media. You know all those dogs on Facebook and Twitter (like me) and you thought it was the owners doing the posting? Not so. The dogs are doing it. Anyway, we love to read, especially any story that includes a dog character.

There is nothing sadder than a dog, deprived of books from an early age, unable to read. Did you know that a study in the USA reveals that dog illiteracy is a big problem and 90% can’t even howl their alphabet. Please take a moment to take a look at this infographic showing the harsh realities of this situation, courtesy of TheAnimalRescueSite.com. Harper Collins Australia could be the champion of dog literacy AND Top Dog when it comes to dog books.  Think of the sales!

While we don’t actually go into bookshops and select reading material, we most certainly order incognito Online, and we try to encourage our owners’ dog-related book-buying habits with a nudge and an approving bark, and the occasional negative howl if it looks as if a cat book is about to be purchased. It’s the canine equivalent of kids’ pester power.

So, that’s my wee-mail. I wonder Shona will reply? Wooferoo!

Here is where I post on Facebook, and Twitter. I’d love to hear from you, dog or human!

Love from, Monty

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“It’s literally the best book I’ve ever read and I hope you publish another.”

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Emma Carlill contacted Monty through his website…

I look at my own dog now in a whole different light – especially out on walkies when she’s apparently checking her weemails! Loved it and I can’t wait for the next in this series!

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Monty and Me by Louisa Bennett is a cute and humorous cozy mystery.

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I thought the descriptions of the world through the eyes (or maybe nose) of a dog were quite brilliant. Who knew about a ladybird’s secret weapon?
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Maggie MacDonald, 5 stars on GoodReads

Charming and uplifting. Monty is the new kid on the block among animal sleuths.

(this endorsement appears on the front cover)

Peter James, international best selling mystery author

Hello Monty. I’m here to leave you a wee-mail! I am 12 years old and am currently reading the amazing book that you star in, I wish I had a dog like you but I can’t as my mum has asthma and doesn’t tolerate fur or feathers. However, I once had a goldfish called Blaze who would follow me when I walked past and could follow my finger and do flips. He died of old age but I’m sure you would be good friends with him and that he would be clever enough to help with your mysteries (maybe even as clever as Dante) ; ) I hope you solve some more mysteries ( maybe one of your friends could be in trouble, keep your eyes peeled!) lots of love and scrummy bacon from, Susie x

Susie, 12 years old, sent an email to Monty

I loved Monty and Me. The book was unique, entertaining, quirky and uplifting.

Lisa Heidke, author

I really enjoyed reading this book, I loved the story and best of all I loved Monty.

Hannah Ward, 5 Stars on GoodReads

Loved it. I found it really hard to put down.

Gina Lunn, posted on Louisa Bennet’s Facebook profile

This book is amazing… Monty is simply fantastic. The chapters from Monty are the funniest, but also most emotional. I was in tears at the funeral.

Gilbster on Amazon.co.uk

Pure joy to read! Intense, insightful and fun! By page 18 I had already realized that I had smiled, giggled and even laughed more than 10 times. Anyone who loves either reading or writing knows full well it is not an easy task to get laughs out of printed pages. Louisa Bennet does humour naturally, her wit is unforced and clever.

Anita Kovacevik on GoodReads

What a fantastic mystery with a pair of detectives that are smart and fun… Anyone who loves animals of any kind will fall for Monty. The ending set up a perfect beginning for book two and I’ll be watching for it.

Ann on GoodReads

I absolutely loved this book. Read it in a day, couldn’t put it down… The relationship between Rose and Monty has definitely hit the ground running and I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for the next in this series.

Ashrae on Amazon.co.uk

If you like Spencer Quinn’s “Chet & Bernie” mysteries (and I do), then you should love Monty and Me (which I did)… You don’t need to be a dog-lover to enjoy this though: the whodunit is cleverly constructed, the story gets along at a good clip, and there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. Something for everyone.

Mike on Amazon.com.au

A Monty is for life not just for Christmas. This endearing story is the perfect escapist read for young and old and has fun written all over it in six foot letters.

Philip Paterson

The dogs vs cats debate rages on, with Monty set to show off his detective skills and warm heart. I am delighted that we will be publishing Louisa’s charming and gripping tale about (wo)man’s best friend.

Katy Loftus

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UK publicity: Sabah Khan at Lightbrigade

ANZ publicity at Harper Collins Australia

UK literary agent: Phil Patterson at Marjacq Scripts

UK publisher: Avon, Harper Collins, The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF

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