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Letting Go the Leash

The true story of a banker who quits his job of thirty-four years to save a rescue dog. And himself.


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Dog in a pandemic.

Steve, a burnt out banker, has spent a lifetime advising others. He envisages his retirement as “the light at the end of the tunnel of responsibility”. But instead of Mai Tais on the beach, motorcycling through Europe, and hiking the Himalayas, he encounters a tornado, a worldwide pandemic and one felonious attempt to seal the deal on a retirement windfall.

Saddled with Zeke — a kill-shelter reject; a hundred-pound dog with a cold wet nose and a death-stare — and on the verge of losing everything, Steve must reach back to his hardscrabble country roots and the lessons of his kin to try to pick himself up and navigate his way out of looming disaster.

Thoughtful, heartbreaking and humorous, LETTING GO THE LEASH is a true story rich in grit and beauty.  In quitting his career in the city Steve follows his dog and instincts to the Tennessee mountains.

  • This is a redemptive tale set against a tornado and a pandemic;
  • A dog no one wants and a crumbling career;
  • Author is part of ‘the Great Resignation’ — millions of people quitting their jobs, causing record number of losses in the workplace in the wake of the global pandemic;
  • Relatable, timely and uplifting.
Book Specifications

Letting Go the Leash

Author: Stephen Ellis Hamilton

Editor: Robin Wollaeger 

ISBN: 978-1-909394-87-2 (pbk)

ISBN: 978-1-909394-88-9 (ebk)

Street date: 6 October 2022

Category: Memoir, Dog Stories

Size: 216mm x 140mm

Pages: 152pp

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Stephen Ellis Hamilton

STEPHEN ELLIS HAMILTON is an avid hiker, a private pilot and a lover of dogs. Born in Nashville, he grew up on the two farms of his grandfathers in West Tennessee. After earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, he spent thirty-four years as a Financial Advisor before turning to his love of the outdoors and writing. He wrote this book during the pandemic of 2020 as a memoir to document his feelings when he gave up a career to follow his dog. In his own words, “I received my finest wealth education alone, lost in the hills of East Tennessee, guided by the stars and the sun, with the love of a dog beside me and thirty-five pounds of all I needed on my back.”