Phasmid Study Group dedicates an article to ‘Lady’

 Christopher Hayes-Brown Austin Macauley

Phasmid Study Group highlights Christopher Hayes-Brown’s book ‘Lady’ in an article in January. The subject of the book is the author’s six-month-old German shepherd puppy.

Christopher is an accountant, always willing to support/help others, keen in wildlife conservation, helps to fight cancer, loves gardening and growing exotic plants, including orchids, has various pets, loves writing, dancing, Lau Gar Kung Fu, ancient history, various music and entomology.

In the book, he shows a bond between David and Lady, as he calls her. They become inseparable, working together on the family farm in Yorkshire. It is, however, 1944, and the country is still engaged in World War Two so it is only a short time before David receives his call up papers to fight for his country. He wants to do his duty but is worried about leaving Lady behind, he then discovers that he is able to enlist her as a guard dog to work alongside him. Although the Germans are in retreat, there is still fierce fighting and David, along with Lady, is taken as prisoner of war. Whilst in the camp Lady offers comfort to the internees, and finds a link between the internees and the German guards.

The bond between her and David becomes even stronger. This bond, indeed love, for each other makes them even more inseparable right to the very end.

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