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Dog Lovers Book Club - August 2016

Sophie Gamand is an award-winning French photographer and animal advocate, based in New York. Since 2010, her photographic work revolves mostly around dogs in an attempt to better understand humans!

by Sophie Gamand

Wet Dog is more than a pet photography project. It is a book of portraits of dogs soaked in character, each with a story to tell.

Wet Dog is a hilarious series of dogs photographed during their least favourite activity: bath time. Exposed at a vulnerable and humiliating moment, the soggy doggies wiggle, shake, haul themselves out of the groomer's soapy grasp. 

Their priceless expressions are a testimony to the close and unique bond we have developed with our canine companions.

Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd, 1st November 2015

RRP: $15.95 from

by Abigail Thomas

When Abigail Thomas’s husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain shattered. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he must live the rest of his life in an institu­tion. He has no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before. 

This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. How she built that life is a story of great courage and great change, of moving to a small country town, of a new family composed of three dogs, knitting, and friendship, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lives in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. 

This wise, plainspoken, beautiful book enacts the truth Abigail discovered in the five years since the acci­dent: you might not find meaning in disaster, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.

Paperback, 190 pages
Publisher: Harvest Books, 10th Sept 2007

Available from Amazon, eBay and online stores.

by Nikki Attree, with Richard Attree

When petty criminals 'Flash Harry' Smith and Jack ('The Lad') Jones start nicking dogs they soon realise that they've bitten off more than they can chew. 

Their victim, Elizabeth Parker-Smyth, is a high flying movie producer with a Grand Design of a house in Hampstead, and a designer dog to match. Their nemesis is a quirky, big-hearted pet detective, who tracks the dognappers through cyberspace and finds herself fatally embroiled in their downward spiral. 

Then there are the two pairs of Star Crossed Lovers. One couple may be human and the other canine, but they share similar memories of a whirlwind romance.

Somebody's Doodle is a fast moving, heady mix of crime, humour, romance, and a few dogs. As it races towards the climax the human protagonists search for truth and reconciliation, and begin to glimpse what we can all learn from our canine friends.

Paperback, 286 pages
Published 7 July 2016

Ages: 15+

RRP: $22.30 at (free shipping in Australia)

by Bill Robertson

This book by former champion shearer Bill Robertson claims to have uncovered the real story behind the origins of the Australian Kelpie.

This semi-biographical account has been described as a 'journey of discovery and perseverance'. Bill and Kerry Robertson followed the Kelpie trail, not only to
all parts of Australia, but anywhere in the world where the scent of the Kelpie trail lingered.

This definitive work is the combination of 12 years of research. Right from the beginning, the Kelpie history was confused and manipulated to give their progenitors a history and purity. During the past 150 years, the true history was unknown, it was left to past authors to let their imaginations flow and create those stories which best suited breeders of the past.

Hardcover, 364 pages

RRP: $59.00 at

Book Club - Kids' Corner

by Louis Nowra

After a rescue mission goes wrong, a young soldier and his dog find themselves alone in hostile territory. Will they survive the perilous journey back to base? 

Black parachutes fall from the sky: young soldiers - and a dog - on a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan.

But the mission ends in chaos, and Mark and Prince embark on a perilous journey through enemy territory. They depend on each other to survive.

A dramatic and powerful story of war and the bond between a young soldier and a dog, from the acclaimed author of Into That Forest.

Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 1st April 2015
Ages: 13-16 Years

RRP: $14.25 from

by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

There once was a dog with a keen sense of smell. She was known far and wide as Detective Dog Nell.

Peter’s dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. Whether it’s finding a lost shoe or discovering who did a poo on the new gravel path, her ever-sniffing nose is always hard at work. But Nell has other talents too. Every Monday she goes to school with Peter and listens to children read. So who better to have on hand when they arrive one morning to discover that the school’s books have all disappeared! 

Who could have taken them? And why? There’s only one dog for the job … and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!

The Detective Dog is a fast-paced celebration of books, reading, libraries, and the relationship between a little boy and his rather special dog.

Hardback, 32 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books, 2nd June 2016

Price: $24.99 from

by Davina Bell, illustrated by Sara Acton

Oh Albert, how could you? was inspired by a newspaper article of the same name about a Boxer with a penchant for destroying his owner's home and belongings (resulting in bills of over $40,000!). 

Following a week in the life of a busy family, the story as much a celebration of contemporary Australian domestic life as it is the story of a greedy but loveable family pet.

Many children will recognise the rhythms of their own families in the busy chaos of this household's routine, where the days of the week correspond to extracurricular activities. At its heart, this is the story of the strong bond of love that children share with animals, and the unifying role that pets play in family life.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books, 18th July 2016

Ages: 4+ years

RRP: $24.99 from

by Nicola Gothard, illustrated by Sarah Waterfield 

Lonely street dog, Rafi, meets young girl, Arushi, at a busy train station in India. Join them on the ride of their lives across the Indian railways. 

This heart-warming tale is set in India with a message of friendship and compassion at its core. Not only will young readers enjoy exploring the sites of India with the characters but they will also learn about the lives of children and dogs in another part of the world and develop an understanding of situations, people and animals outside of their direct personal experience.

The goal is to send 1000 copies of Rafi's Indian Dream to four charities in India who run humane education programs. The purpose is to improve empathy for street animals in India and break the fear-cruelty-bite cycle.

Every book sold will pay for three more to go to India, so your child can enjoy a good read whilst giving children in India this gift too - some of whom will never had had a book of their own. You can support this crowdfunding campaign here.

Paperback: 36 pages 
Publisher: Generation 2050, 1st August 2016
Ages: 4-10 years

RRP: $14.22 from (free shipping)

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