“Peggy and Me” by Miranda Hart is, simply put, a memoir about Miranda Hart (comedian and actress) and her dog Peggy. And it is hilarious. I have never laughed so much while reading a book. There were moments when I could barely read through the tears and when I had to stifle snorts so as to not wake up others (namely my dog, Albi, who does not react well to being disturbed by laughter, gasps or mumbles due to books being read late at night!).
“Hello dear book browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise – fun) in the form of Peggy. So wonderful is she and so convinced am I that a dog can become a truly treasured life companion, I have written an entire book about our years together.
Peggy has taught me a huge amount – not how to get an old pie packet out of a bin and lick it (I could already do that), but real lessons about life and love and trust and friendship.
So come walks with Peggy and me…”
I have a Shih Tzu and am 100% obsessed with him (as you may be able to tell from this post’s photos!) so I am sure it was a natural move for my brother when he decided to give this book to me for Christmas! And it went straight to the top of my TBR.
Miranda shares her thoughts about having a dog and her experiences since Peggy became part of her family. I related to many of the situations as I sat snuggled up with my own pup, though I don’t think you need to be a dog owner or lover to enjoy this book at all. Nor do you need to know of Miranda Hart. There are anecdotes pertaining to Miranda’s uncertainty about having a dog, the beginning stages of getting to know each other, the antics they have got up to with each other, and the lessons Miranda has learned from Peggy. There are funny moments, thought-provoking moments and a few heartstring-tugging moments. At times, it does get a bit waffly and repetitive, which was a little disappointing, but the humour made up for this overall for me.
I have not had much to do with Miranda’s work, apart from a few episodes of Call the Midwife, because I didn’t think her humour was my kind of thing (I am not sure what I actually based this on). I am now keen to watch her shows and read her other books. This memoir is a light and fun read, and whether you are head over heels for animals or prefer to keep your clothes hair and drool free, I definitely recommend this memoir to everyone.
I gave it 4.5/5 stars.