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Top Dog in the United Kingdom

Sunday, July 30, 2006

As I mentioned in earlier entries, Marley & Me was released in Great Britain and Ireland on July 3, and I spent a week in London and Dublin promoting it (and doing my part to keep Guinness in the black). In its first week out, Marley jumped to #1 on the bestseller lists in Ireland and hunkered in at #4 in Great Britain. The next week it rose to #2 in Britain and stayed there in Week 3, too. This past week, Lisa Highton, my very kind and attentive publisher at Hodder & Stoughton, sent me flowers and a note with the subject line: "Marley & Me Triumphs." "Our beloved dog is at Number One and we love him more than ever," Lisa wrote. And I couldn't disagree...I love him more than ever, too.

So this past week was a good one for the old dog.... the #1 hardcover nonfiction book in America (New York Times and Publisher's Weekly), Ireland and the United Kingdom.

I had been holding my breath about the overseas market, not sure how the famously petcentric English would take to my story about a couple of hapless dog owners and their very flawed pooch. The strong sales there are telling me that there is something universal in the human-canine bond, something that transcends culture and geography and nationality. And that there is common ground in how we humans can't always control our pets but love them just the same.

The Brits gave us the British Invasion in the '60s. Marley's paying them back 40 years later with the Slobber Invasion. Guess we Yanks got the better end of that deal!

posted by John Grogan at 5:33 PM

14 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

I'm just so thrilled for you! What about other English-speaking countries? I don't see Marley in a list for Canada I just found. And what about the rest of the world???

BTW - Those who loved Marley might also enjoy this book:

Spotted in France

2:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

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3:01 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Sorry!! I take it back. I just realized that the lists I had found for Canada only included fiction - hardback and paperback. I found another website which listed non-fiction - and there was Marley - right at the top!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Mom Day said...

I understand you will be coming to Bowling Green, Ohio on October 11. I teach Language Arts at Bowling Green Junior High and plan to have the students in my struggling readers class (8th graders) read your book in September. I just recently finished it myself and loved it.

I look forward to your visit in BG. I hope to bring the students from my reading class, as well.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Mom Day said...

Me again. Thought you might be interested to see some of the activity ideas I have for my class to do while reading Marley and Me.

a. Create a graphic organizer for kids to log the “good things” and “bad things” that Marley does thoughout the book.

b. Graphic organizer in which they compare Marley with their pet.

c. Have a pet day when they bring in their pets.

d. Ask Jeannie or Fred to bring Max in after we have just begun to read the book.

e. Have the class organize a pet photos bulletin board for the entire school. And maybe a pet newsletter or booklet of some sort.

f. AIR Time Class: Create blogs. Each day they would respond to a question based on Marley and Me. They could read and comment on each others’ responses. Easy to monitor since it’s a smaller group of students. Would be a good way to see if this would work.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Bryan D. Catherman said...

First, and strictly for clarity's sake, the man-dog bond is not universal. While serving in Iraq, a few soldiers and I bonded to four dingo-type puppies we joyfully named John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Even as fluffy balls of clumsy fur, they terrified insurgent detainees. In the streets of the local community, we repeatedly witnessed proof of that missing bond.

Second, I'm glad to hear that Marley is a hit across the pond. Maybe if this lovable pooch can make his way to other parts of the world, we will all finally learn that life is better when we enjoy the world around us, wear a floppy smile even when we don't know why, fear thunder, and appreciate where we poop. May Marley bring peace to a troubled world. Go get 'em, boy!

8:52 PM  
Blogger TheFamilyCurtis said...

Hi:) Im from Michigan and spent five years in Philadelphia, so you are already tops in my book ... I ordered this gorgeous piece of writing from amazon and finally after 3 weeks of waiting ( 3 weeks!) I recieved the book today around 2pm central time, and just finished it about 10 minutes ago - 11.20pm.

you dont have to be a dog lover to understand this book. Ive never had a lab,( yellow lab anyways ) but Ive had a dog, named Copper who I actually stole out of someone's back yard - who was abusing her ( shooting beebee's at the poor thing )who often freaked out during storms and hid in the bathtub, and had to put her down when she got a mass in her tummy and due to funds - of course. ( isnt it terrible that people have to give up their animals when they are in a slump of their own ? )

I now am a proud owner of a four year old chihuahua - but missed having a dog - ya know- the kind that lumber around and you actually have to WALK - so I am also the owner of a collie/black lab mix who is nearing 10 years old now.

I dont know why Im rambling on - Im sure you've read a zillion letters about other peoples dogs, but I wanted you to know - that your book and your beloved dog made me cry all damn day ! ( she said funnily )

you've got a way of creating a real live image that so many of us can relate to. Thank you for loving your dog and your beautiful family unconditionally.

Thanks !
Karen

9:32 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I bought Marley and Me two days ago, and now I'm finished with it. I LOVE IT! Oh yeah, one more thing, I bawled my eyes out on the last chapter. Thank you for writing such an inspiring story. I felt that I've known Marley all my life after I finished the book. - Trisha. Sydney, Australia

6:20 AM  
Blogger Lektu said...

Any news about translations? I'm sure my wife would love the book, and she can't read a word of English. Spanish or Brazilian Portugese would be great :)

4:13 AM  
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6:13 AM  
Blogger Orlando Magalhães said...

I loved the story.....the book was realise here in Portugal...and I red it in 2 days!

Congratulations

12:17 PM  
Blogger toni.em said...

Hi there, I'm in New Zealand and I jut finished your book today. I loved it and thought you should know i had to wait 3 weeks from the library as I was 14th in line. So it is popular here too. Now I am going to buy my own copy so I do not have to wait when I want to read it again.

11:42 PM  
Blogger euphoria said...

I bought your book yesterday and finished this afternoon. I laughed, I cried and blubbered, and laughed some more. I hugged my two pups (a two-year old Shepherd, Rottweiler, and ? mix) and a one-year old Shepherd and ? mix) and told them how much they mean to me. They both stared at me as if I were nuts. But that's OK. I love 'em to pieces.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Madwag said...

I have a wonderful yellow Labrador Retriever named Jamie. I love him to bits... We got him a year and a half ago from the Labrador Rescue Trust. He is my constant companion and friend. I just read your book last weekend... I laughed and cried and enjoyed the entire book from cover to cover.

2:26 AM  

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