When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

When Mr Dog Bites

Written by Brian Conaghan

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Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal This is the launch of a major new writing talent. Brian Conaghan makes you travel every step of the way in Dylan's shoes, laughing and crying - often at the same time - as Dylan faces the twists and turns of an unfair world with glorious optimism and wit.

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When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Dylan Mint has Tourette's. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mum, Dylan discovers that he's going to die in March. So he makes a list of things he must do before he dies: first, he wants to have real sex with gorgeous Michelle Malloy; second, he's got to find his autistic best friend Amir a new best bud; third, he's got to get his dad back home from the army so they can say goodbye properly. It's not a long list, but it's ambitious, and he doesn't have much time. Sometimes you've just got to go for it - no holding back - and see what happens...


It's the F-word - funny, foul-mouthed, fantastic! Charlie Higson

I loved Dylan Mint. He made me laugh out loud and his tenacity had me rooting for him from the first page Stephen Kelman

The book is funny, fascinating and perfectly realised. It may also be one of the biggest books of 2014; comparisons with The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time are already coming thick and fast, and the book merits them Irish Independent

It's an energetic, confident and compassionate read ... He is one to watch Scotland on Sunday

What a rip-roaring ride it is! Sixteen-year-old Dylan Mint has Tourette's Syndrome which leads him to shout unsavoury - and sometimes downright obscene - things in moments of stress. In the back of his mind Mr Dog growls and the more the stress the louder Dylan barks. So if you enjoyed Curious Incident or My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher then keep your eyes peeled for When Mr Dog Bites New Books Magazine

I loved, loved, loved this story. Loved it ... I loved Dylan. I loved his mum. I loved his best bud Amir. I loved Michelle Stroppy Malloy. I loved Dylan's incredibly honest and incredibly politically incorrect use of language outside of his Tourette's - it's meaning, not words, that do the hurting ... I won't forget Dylan Mint in a very long time thebookbag.co.uk A very human story of relationships and loyalty Irish Examiner

About the Author

Brian Conaghan

Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His novels include The Boy Who Made it Rain, When Mr Dog Bites, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, and The Bombs That Brought Us Together, published in 2016, winning the 2016 Costa Children's Book Award.

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Publication date

30th November 1999




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