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The Story of a Little Dog Who Almost Changed History


256 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, (CA $14.95)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9781784082000

Rights: CA

Head of Zeus (May 2016)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


The remarkable story of a fox terrier who changed world history—as a Hollywood star, a circus attraction, and the Führer's lap dog

Berlin, 1938: Sirius, a dashing fox terrior, lives a charmed life with the German Jewish Liliencrons. But, with the rise of Nazism, the Liliencrons decide to leave Berlin for Hollywood. Sirius takes his destiny into his own hands with the kind of melancholic mirth exclusive to his breed. He becomes a celebrated film star and circus performer, friend to Rita Hayworth and Cary Grant. But, when a magic trick goes wrong, Sirius ends up back in war-torn Berlin. Never one to despair, he finds himself in the Führer's headquarters as Adolf Hitler's lap dog—and an informant for the resistance. Dictated to him by his dog Louis—Sirius's grandson—Jonathan Crown has at last made this inspiring story available to the non-canine population.


"Rarely a book is so intelligent, funny and cute at the same time." —Kultur Spiegel

"Crown successfully pulls off the high-wire act of giving the horror of the Nazi era a tragicomic turn." —Kleine Zeitung

"For those who like wit, heart and wordly wisdom." —Bild

Author Biography

Jonathan Crown's fox terrier Louis—Sirius's grandson—told him this family history, Crown simply wrote it all down. This is, therefore, the first ever novel written by a dog.