Lily and the Octopus by Justine Gold
Our pets are a part of our family; a part of us. From the moment we bring our new little bundles of fluff home, to the moment we’re forced to say our gut-wrenching goodbyes, our lives are changed forever. Ted Flask is no stranger to this phenomenon. In Lily and the Octopus, Ted, a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
To mark the paperback publication of this beautiful and poignant story on 5th October, we’re building a memorial you’ll #NeverFURget. We invite you to celebrate your cherished pet, be they by your side, or a loved and lost pal from your past, by joining us and our resident doggos in London on 9th and 10th September to coincide with National Pet Memorial Day. Poised and ready on site will be dozens of Dachshunds awaiting your cuddles, belly rubs and boops.
Pet owners old and new will be joining us in sharing their heart-warming stories, marking their love and appreciation for their furry (or scaly!) friends by attaching a personalised pet name tag to the memorial, reminiscent of Paris’ Love Lock Bridge.
If you have dog, Dachshund or otherwise, please bring them down, too! You’ll get a free copy of Lily and the Octopus, treats for your puppy, and they might event make some new furry friends, too!
Visit the memorial at any time from 10am onwards on the 9th and 10th September at Hoxton Square in Shoreditch, London.
We hope to see you there!