Lily and the Octopus by Stephen Rowley


This is a very sweet book.

This is about Ted, his dog Lily and her octopus. I figured out what the octopus was in the first few pages, but I will try not to ruin that for you.

Ted is a bit of a loner and Lily is his main social companion throughout the book. They even have specific days that they do different things. For example, Thursdays are reserved for discussing boys they think are cute and on Fridays they play Monopoly. Lily does talk to Ted in a halting way and there are magical realistic components to this book aside from that.

…I think of how dogs are witnesses. How they are present for our most private moments, how they are there when we think of ourselves as alone. They witness our quarrels, our tears, our struggles, our fears, and all our secret behaviors that we have to hide from our fellow humans. They witness without judgment.”

Read this book if you are a dog lover, someone who appreciates a bit of heartbreak mixed in with periods that make you laugh out loud, a bit of magical realism, read if you love seeing damaged characters grow. I would also say that this book had a bit of a feel similar to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

“Dogs are always good and full of selfless love. They are undiluted vessels of joy who never, ever deserve anything bad that happens to them. Especially you. Since the day I met you, you have done nothing but make my life better in every possible way.”

One Reply to “Lily and the Octopus by Stephen Rowley”

  1. I finished “Lily and the Octopus” not long ago but I didn’t feel as sad as I had expected I would. The whole book made me smile and I sped through the pages on a train journey from London to Liverpool. I’ve never had a dog myself but I can see how this book may touch you more based on personal experience. If you are interested and would like to see what I thought of “Lily and the Octopus” in full, my quick review is available on my blog – let me know what you think!
    Rebecca –


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