Along with Men and Dogs (0954221753) - this pair of photo books are brilliant and original. Such an obvious idea that you can't believe it hasn't been done before. The books are 160pp each and feature fantastic archive shots of (respectively) men and women with their dogs. There is 100-200 words accompanying text for each image, talking about the subject, their dog(s), and the relationship between man/woman and dog. Subjects range through Dirk Bogarde to the Red Baron to Philip Pullman; Gertrude Stein to Gloria Estefan to Georgia O'Keefe. The photos are gorgeous and the text is a wonderful anecdotal social history of dogs and their owners.
Judith Watt is a writer and fashion historian, whose most recent book was on Ossie Clark for the V&A. She lives in London with her miniature dachshunds, Hettie and Ludwig. Peter Dyer is an award-winning cover designer.