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Summary

From one of Britain's best-loved comedians comes this wonderfully funny, sharp and touching memoir and a celebration of the bond between man and dog - an autobidography, if you will.

The Lick of Love takes us on a tour of Julian's colourful life - and wherever life has taken him, Julian has had a dog by his side. Fanny the Wonder Dog, who came into Julian's life when he was somewhat adrift, propelled him up the ranks of the alternative comedy circuit and onto television. Valerie, the whippet cross-breed escorted Julian through his 40s, the Germaine Greer to his Bernard Manning. Albert, a jaunty geezer type who was sent to acclimatise Julian to middle age and helped him seduce his now husband, before being joined by naughty but nice Gigi, an unpredictable fur bullet of a dog. These canine characters have been there, bearing witness, on and off stage.

Whether writing about encounters in seedy London nightclubs, finding success on television with Sticky Moments, the death of his partner, that Normant Lamont joke, a narrow squeak with a thwarted eastern European plot to kidnap him, his move to the country, or finally settling down, falling in love and getting married, Julian's unique voice is heard throughout. Ultimately, The Lick of Love is the story of a fascinating life and a love letter to the dogs that have played a loving and near constant part of it. Told with humour and great honesty, this promises to be one of the best memoirs of the year.

Whatever else is going on, it is the water bowl in the kitchen, the dog hair on my jumper, the knowing gaze from the dog in the basket beside me that comforts me and tells me that all is well. - JC

©2021 Julian Clary (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"I loved The Lick of Love. It's often insightful, sometimes hilarious, frequently filthy - I'm a cat person, but if anything were ever to convince me to get a dog, it would be this." (Joanne Harris) 

"[W]ise and perceptive, and funny and moving. Each dog you meet marks a different chapter of your life and Julian writes about it so BEAUTIFULLY." (Joanna Cannon)

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He's done it again!

What a beautiful and heartwarming book. Laced with filth and double entendre, Julian clary style.

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Funny and witty



This is, in my opinion superb. Funny and witty and all the better for hearing it rather than reading it. I have snorted out loud, and I may need to listen again, if you please. X

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Fantastic 🐾🐾😊

Totally loved listening to this from the beginning to the end made me smile made me worry with each dog‘s death but totally captures how you love your dogs and your family totally lovely book💎 Julian may you have a long happy life and many more books to come🐾🐾♥️

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Beautiful tome on the thrills spills laughs and sometimes suicidal moments of dog ownership

Another stunningly written memoir by Julian who has become a firm favourite of mine. I laughed and cried and then laughed again throughout the book. Julian’s witty observations on life made this a real page turner and the audio publication gives a dramatic and captivating account of his experiences not seen since Princess Diana’s Martin Bashir interview. He is forever our queen of tarts.

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Charming, funny, endearing and heartwarming

I love dogs and have always loved Julian. Bliss. Simple tales, beautifully told in Julian inimitable style I will miss him, the dogs and the chicken.

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love love love this book Julian is perfect

such a funny book absolutely love this ... outstanding ... I laughed so much 🤣

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Loved this..

As a dog lover and on my 4th rescue dog...I can't live without a dog...this audio book was funny...sad...informative and extra nice to have narration by Julian ......total understanding of his feelings for dogs and love and acceptance of their quirks etc....

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If you like Julian and ideally dogs too you’ll like this!

Enjoyed it. Love Julian’s voice too and it adds ti the amusing stories and bit of smut. His love of dogs is great.

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absolutely brilliant

Julian is honest and true to his life experiences. fantastic stories and the dogs...unreal! Highly recommended 👌

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Very entertaining

Amusing, entertaining and very real. A most enjoyable listen narrated as only Julian could do.