Book Review- Listening to the Animals

Hello everybody, welcome back to my blog. I hope are well. Now today I’m doing something that I have never done on Made with Love before. I’m doing my first ever book review. Now I am not a book blogger but I bought this book when it first come out, put it away so it could be a gift to myself at Christmas and then read it in a couple of days because I could not put it down. The book I’m referring to is “Listening to the Animals,” by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, though you may know him better as Channel 4’s The Supervet.

I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be able to fully express just how much I loved this book. It is beautifully written and such a compelling read. I don’t give away too many spoilers, (there will be some in there though, you have been warned), but I do want to share what I think makes this book such an exquisite piece of writing.

The Power of Relatability

I always think any piece of writing will mean so much more to you if you can relate to it and I absolutely could relate to Professor Fitzpatrick’s story from growing up in a rural part of Ireland, to being bullied at school, to having the animals of the family as one’s number one confidant. I have to say I giggled out loud when he described what a cattle crush was, as in my mind, how could anyone not know what a cattle crush is? But, of course, I’m sure there are many out there who wouldn’t be familiar with one.

The Power of Description

I have to say I have never known a man from an agricultural background to have such a way with words. In fact, when I read the first couple of pages, I thought to myself, “He didn’t write this.” It wasn’t until I got further into the book that I discovered that, in his youth, Professor Fitzpatrick was an avid reader who sought solitude from his childhood bullies by enveloping himself in the worlds of Oscar Wilde and other literary sensations.

I was always told in school that those who read a great deal when they are young grow up to become the most talented of all writers and, if this is true, Professor Fitzpatrick is a classic example of the correctness in the theory. His ability to be so descriptive places you firmly in his shoes as he experiences all the highs and lows of life. It’s very much apparent that this is a man whose acute self-awareness and sense of empathy can transport you into any element of his life and make you feel exactly how he felt at any given moment.

The Power of Daring to Dream

On the face of it, it would be very easy to view this book as one man’s story. But, to me, and I could be over examining the book here, but to me Professor Fitzpatrick is not trying to simply lay forth his story. He is attempting to utilise it to inspire others who are in the same boat he found himself in when he was young; to have a dream without the knowledge or the self-belief to know how to turn it into a reality. I think the message of the book is if you have a dream, and your passion to make it a reality surpasses everything else, from fear, to bullies, to a lack of self-belief, if you have the passion, you can make your dream a reality and perhaps even, in doing so, make the world a better place.

To Professor Fitzpatrick, if you ever read this (which I’m sure you won’t but a girl can hope), God bless you, Sir. You are a beacon of light in a world where there is so much darkness and I hope you realise what a beautiful and brilliant human being you are.

And so concludes my first ever book review. I hope you liked this post. If you’d like to see more book reviews from me in the future, do let me know. Until next time, folks.

With love,



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    Thank you for this review Hannah. It certainly makes me want to read his book! I would love to see more book reviews!


    1. Thanks so much, Julie 🙂


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    1. I’m so glad you liked the post Nicole. Make sure you give the blog a follow so you get a notification when another blog post goes live 🙂


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