Sirius by Jonathan Crown – Translated by Jamie Searle Romanelli – Published by Head of Zeus, 2015
Sirius is a fox terrier. A very intelligent fox terrier. He enjoys walking, sausages and trees (one tree in particular).
He lives with his family in Berlin. It’s 1938; not a good time to be Jewish, even if you’re a Professor of Plankton and you live in a smart town house.
How to describe this book? Put simply, it merges fact and (maybe) fiction in a story of human and canine emotions. It’s a magical mix of ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ and ‘The Artist’.
Wonderfully moving, with more than a hint of ‘The Incredible Journey’, it is absolutely gripping and, by turns, unbearably sad, heartwarming, and utterly delightful.