Book Review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley

Publication date: October 5th 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (first published June 7th 2016)
Pages: 320


Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. 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.

Remember the last book you told someone they had to read? Lily and the Octopus is the next one.

Source: Goodreads


I won’t lie, I was completely drawn into this book by the painting of a daschund on the front cover and its curious name (I’m a strong supporter of books having good covers.) “Lily and the Octopus” is a story of one man and his dog, the relationship that they have and the adventures that they lead.

Ted Flask is in his early forties, single, lonely and a little kooky, he lives alone with his aging dog, Lily. The story is cute, you almost instantly know how it’s going to end but that doesn’t spoil things, take away from the plot or any of the emotion throughout. Ted talks to 12 year old Lily as if she were human and she replies enthusiastically and honestly with a human voice, acting as Ted’s therapist, his comedy partner and his best friend.

I have never had a dog myself but I know that this book is going to speak a lot more to those who have. It’s a heartwarming tale which is difficult to review without spoiling the story. An easy read, I finished this in a couple of hours on the train. There was a part in the middle that I found to be a little strange with magical realism coming into play, but I was able to look past this in the following chapters and a strong end.

Overall rating: “Lily and Octopus” is a cute read about one man’s relationship with his dog. It’s emotional and heartwarming with a little bit of humour entwined. It’s strange middle will have to knock a star off but still a solid 4 stars from me.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

  1. Lovely review Rebecca. I have to admit that I found the ‘pirate’ section in the middle just a little weird, and I honestly think it would have been a better book without it, but that’s just me. And like you, once I got past it, it became irrelevant. 😎

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