Named a Best Book of the Year by The Bark magazine
After adopting an Irish sight hound, Laura Schenone discovers a remarkable and little-known fight to gain justice for dogs and for all animals.
Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, countless numbers of them disappear each year once they can no longer compete and win.
The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around herincluding her familyas she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.
When Fitzgibbon becomes head of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and focuses on the cause of the greyhound, she faces an entrenched racing industry protected by money and power. She joins forces with an American greyhound activist, a foxhunter’s wife, a British lady, and an influential German animal rescuer to create an international network to find these animals homes, confront the racing industry, and provide safe havens where animals can live in peace.
The Dogs of Avalon brings forward the people on the other side of the tracksIrish Travellers (a people whose Celtic history goes back centuries), dogmen who hope to win bigtogether with a host of animals on two continentscircus tigers in Ireland, wild monkeys in the Yucatan, dolphins in a marine animal park in Florida, and one very special Irish sight hound in New Jersey named Lily.
In this potent David and Goliath story, Schenone’s journey helps us understand our deep connection to animals and gives us inspiration in the form of the unforgettable Fitzgibbon, who grapples with compassion and activism and shows the difference we are all capable of making in the world.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Esther Wane is a British actor and voice-over artist who has narrated audiobooks in a variety of genres, including memoir, politics, romantic fiction, and children's literature. She has a lifelong passion for literature and can often be found browsing bookshops at any spare moment.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
1 Wild, 1993 5
2 Gypsy Dog, 2007 27
3 Domestic, 1945-65 37
4 The Dogs of Limerick, 3965-80 45
5 Lily in the Suburbs, 2007 65
6 Dignity, 2007 81
7 Celtic Hounds 85
8 Beverly, 1983-2001 105
9 A Burning Donkey, 1987 123
10 A Grand Scheme, 1994 145
11 Rising Tide, 1994-96 157
12 Undercover, 1997-2001 183
13 Dominion 199
14 And the Sheep Came Too, 2008 209
15 Last Race at Wonderland, 2009-10 219
16 Avalon 231
17 Winners and Losers 245
18 Changes 261
19 Miracle Worker, 2013 279
20 Paradise Is Forever, 2015 289
21 Sanctuary, 2016 299
Epilogue, Where they are today 309
Select Bibliography 319