Following Atticus - Tom Ryan

Following Atticus

By Tom Ryan

  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 4.5
From 260 Ratings


After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.

Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world’s beauty and its possibilities.


  • Enjoyed the Book

    By Mikaele91
    A delightful read about Adventures.
  • Not just for dog lovers…

    By SFlatt92
    Ignore the negative reviews if you haven't read this book! I found this book to be a fantastic collection of life experiences. The story of the Tom and Atticus adventure is beautifully detailed so the reader really feels like they are climbing the mountains with them. The part I found most personal to me was the relationship between Tom and his father. Their relationship was strained in parts, but they developed a genuine bond through the mountains. Tom shares with us a very raw, open, and honest experience with his ailing father. I personally took away some valuable life lessons regarding their relationship. Tom has a rye and intelligent humor that makes this book an enjoyable read. I see why so many people want to be his friend in real life. This book really touched my soul, and I am a big fan of Atticus M. Finch. Continue to live a long life, you wonderful and amazing dog!
  • Following Atticus

    By Trekmanblue
    If you are not a dog lover then you will vicariously enjoy reading this and if you are, you will savor every moment...
  • Following Atticus

    By savkat
    LOVED this book! I live in NH and enjoyed reading about the beautiful places I've been and haven't been in our awesome state. Also, I loved how Tom and Atticus validated the bond I feel with my dog. He has mastered the mind-meld to let me know what he feels and wants. I plan to never hike in winter, but the descriptions were so good that I had to get a quilt to be able to read them without shivering. I have recommended it to anyone who will listen to me. Thank you, Tom and Atticus, and thank you, Max, for opening the door to such a rich relationship.
  • Must read for any dog lover

    By Dtnh22
    This book is a real treat for any dog lover. There are several themes including the amazing bond between Tom and Atticus, facing and overcoming personal life challenges. I hope Tom will continue writing and currently follow his blog.
  • Wonderful Read

    By JGF228
    Following Atticus is an entertaining and charming tale of friendship. Tom Ryan has the gift of describing concisely, but in a way that brings the reader right to the scene of the action.
  • Following Atticus

    By MAH1979
    Amazing book, can't wait to read the next chapter in their lives together.
  • Amazing!!!!

    By Changed because of you
    What an amazing life changing story. I just finished the last page and will probably start it again from the beginning. Thank you so much Tom for sharing your story with the world. Atticus and Will, thank you for just being you!!! So precious. Love to you all.....
  • Great Story.

    By lnsurpren
    Wonderful story about a man who discovers himself and what matters most in life through learning to care for and love a canine friend. Nothing is more true or honest then the innocence and devotion of a dog. The story of Tom & Atticus is a great read that will leave you smiling.
  • Following Atticus

    By Alicat0103
    What a heartwarming and tender story of a man, his four legged companion and their remarkable relationship. A wonderful read. It brought many smiles and tears to me as I read this. Tom and Atticus, thank you for sharing your story!