Guide Dogs charity boost from author’s latest book

John Tovey with his guide dog Dez.
John Tovey with his guide dog Dez.
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A Doncaster author is celebrating the release of her fourth book in two years – about a loyal guide dog who transformed his owner’s life.

Veronica Clark is the ghost writer of A Dog Called Dez, which tells the true story of John Tovey who went blind overnight, three years ago.

John had endured a difficult childhood, spending time in approved schools, a young offenders’ institute and jail.

But when he lost his sight aged 42 John needed help and, thanks to Guide Dogs, was matched with a gorgeous bouncy black labrador called Dez.

Dez, who won a Guide Dog of the Year award in 2012, helped transform John’s life.

A Dog Called Dez follows the success of Veronica’s previous book Stolen Girl which became a bestseller and she is also the author of Justice for Colette which has been published in 11 countries and is being made into both a film and London stage play.

Veronica says her latest book is her favourite book yet of all those she has written so far. She said: “I love this book because Dez and John are both such great characters.

“Dez is the ultimate professional - until his harness comes off and then he’s back to being a regular naughty dog with a love of sweets.

“Meanwhile, John is the first to admit he’s led a chequered life but in many ways Dez has turned out to be his redemption and together they’ve raised thousands of pounds for Guide Dogs.”

The book will also boost charity. Profits from the book, which will be available in bookshops, will go to Guide Dogs.