Book Review: The Last Family in England by Matt Haig

The blurb

Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their Labrador.

Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry – marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide – Prince’s responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact and take desperate action to save his Family.



My thoughts

Just a quick 5 minute book review from me today as this was our book club choice for September so I am somewhat behind!!

As I said, I read this in September and as I’m not a dog lover I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy it as the whole story is told from Prince, the dog’s, perspective.  However, I was quite surprised.

The first thing I thought was isn’t Prince an intuitive, well spoken, intelligent dog!!  His narration and observations of his family’s everyday and not so everyday activities will amuse but there also mysteries to be solved.

I found the story often sad and a bit depressing, watching the decline of the family through their pet’s eyes, but it isn’t without the occasional laugh out loud moment.  One scene in particular, I very nearly spat out my tea!

An enjoyable read and if you have a dog then you should read this book – you’ll never be able to look at your dog in the same way again!

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: Library
No of pages: 304
Publisher: Canongate

My friend’s dog, Scarlett!


  1. 23rd October 2018 / 11:30 am

    Sounds like a good read. I would love to put a camera on Taz’ collar to see what he gets up to!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      23rd October 2018 / 9:38 pm

      That would be a very interesting perspective! 😉🙈

  2. 26th October 2018 / 1:11 am

    Fab review! The perspective definitely sounds original and I’m especially curious about the tea spitting moment now. 😉

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      26th October 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Ha ha, I shan’t spoil it for you 😂

  3. 27th October 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Sounds like a fun read! I read ‘The Humans’ last year and enjoyed that.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      28th October 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I’ve read The Humans too – another very different perspective! 🙂

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