By Baker, Jill
How much do you think you could take? Try this. Your husband dies suddenly and weeks later, while you're still grieving, you're diagnosed with cancer. Would you keep fighting? Newspaper editor Jill Baker arrived home to find her husband George dead on the bedroom floor. Then - wh...ile still in shock - she was diagnosed with breast cancer and given odds on being alive in five years' time. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation followed during Jill's extraordinary year from hell. It took a huge toll. Some days Jill barely recognised herself. A doctor thought a dog might heal her so Jill took a chance - on her first wag. She needed something to make life worth living but could that really be a crazy, snoring, howling, digging, chewing, barking, hipster 70s orange pup like Harry? Harry and Jill are an unlikely duo. Jill is quiet, Harry is loud as hell. She meticulously plans the day while Harry says let's wing it. She sips pinot while Harry is an espresso martini guy. Turns out Harry and Jill were made to be together. Theirs is a beautiful friendship, an unbreakable bond. A Dog Called Harry is the moving story of a dog dubbed Dirty Harry who helped Jill love life again.Read more
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Jill Baker is an award-winning journalist. She edited two newspapers (The Sunday Age and the Sunday Herald Sun) and was a group publisher at Australian Consolidated Press, running about 20 magazines including The Bulletin, Australian Gourmet Traveller, House & Garden and Belle. She won a Walkley award for feature writing in 2010, the Keith Murdoch award for journalism (News Limited's highest award) and the Melbourne Press Club's gold quill. She loves great words and how great writers tell stories. She's undoubtedly the only newspaper editor who can pull a calf if needed or get a red-bellied black snake out of the chook yard (if she absolutely has to!). At various times she has bankrolled a herd of cattle, two alpacas called Boomer and Sally, a slew of cats and more chooks than you can have roast dinners. She now lives with a mutt known on his bad days as Dirty Harry. Harry is her first dog.
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