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Dog Lovers Book Club - October 2016


The fourth edition in the best-selling Wine Dogs Australia series, this latest book is a great read for all wine-loving dog-fanciers!

WINE DOGS AUSTRALIA
by Craig McGill, Susan Elliott


This is a larger coffee-table format, jam-packed with stunning shots and facts about our favourite canines among the vines, barrels and tasting rooms from all around Australia. 

Wine Dogs Australia 4 features over 150 wineries across Australia with stunning photos of their loyal pooches. Observant readers may find an eastern grey kangaroo, a duck, a goat and a pig called Stella among the woofers!

Along the way, the mutts and purebreds are interspersed with short essays by Nick Stock, Nick Ryan, Tyson Stelzer, Ben Canaider, Tory Shepherd and many more. Find out which dog is the canine lepidopterist, who 'crop-dusts' the tasting room and discover the identity of infamous McLaren Vale toilet-roll thief. 


Wine Dogs is the perfect antidote for those who are at risk of taking wine too seriously – which is most of us… 

Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Giant Dog, 1st November 2015


RRP: $35.00 from www.booktopia.com.au

SIRIUS
The Little Dog Who Almost Changed History
by Jonathan Crown


A highly original, tragicomic novel seen through the eyes of Sirius, an extraordinary dog who helps his Jewish family escape from Germany to California, becomes a Hollywood star, and ultimately contributes to Hitler's downfall.

Levi, a Fox Terrier, lives with his family in a grand townhouse in Berlin. Each day he enjoys a walk through the neighborhood, where people greet him by name. But the year is 1938, and Berlin is no longer safe for Levi or the Liliencrons, his Jewish owners. They rename him Sirius, after the constellation, to protect him.

One night, Nazi troops storm the city and begin to search houses. Sirius alerts the family, and they manage to flee to California. In his new home, Carl Liliencron becomes a chauffeur and Sirius befriends everyone from Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant to Rita Hayworth and Jack Warner. He is renamed Hercules and becomes a canine movie star. Little does Sirius know that he'll soon have to perform his most difficult acting role yet, when through a series of exceptional events as World War II unfolds, he winds up at the right hand of Hitler himself. Can Sirius help the German resistance, derail the Fuhrer, and reunite with his family? Or is the cost of peace too high?

With charisma, heart, and delightfully spry prose, Sirius is an enchanting fairy tale about love and humanity and a roving exploration of a momentous historical moment. 
Like My Dog Skip and The Artist, this feel-good novel will make you stand up and cheer!

Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster US, 4th October 2016


RRP: $50.00 at www.booktopia.com.au 


BEING A DOG
by Alexandra Horowitz
 

Alexandra Horowitz’s runaway bestseller Inside of a Dog began a movement among dog owners to not just quietly accept and enjoy the presence of the pooch at their sides, but to wonder at that dog, and let him show us how he sees the world, and what he knows.


What the dog sees and knows comes mostly through his nose, and the information that every dog has about the world based on smell is unthinkably rich. In Being a Dog, Horowitz, a research scientist in the field of dog cognition, explores what the nose knows as never done before by taking an imaginative leap into what it is like to be a dog. 

Under the tutelage of her family dogs, Finnegan and Upton, Horowitz sets off on a quest to make sense of scents, combining a personal journey of smelling with a tour through the cutting edge and improbable science behind the olfactory abilities of the dog.

From revealing the spectacular biology of the dog nose, to following a tracking dog being put through his paces and trying herself to become a better smeller, Horowitz covers the topic of noses – both canine and human – from surprising, novel, and always fascinating angles. As we come to understand how rich, complex, and exciting the world around us appears to the canine nose, Horowitz changes our perspective on dogs forever.

Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd, 1 October 2016


RRP: $32.99 at www.booktopia.com.au


THE BOY WHO TALKED TO DOGS
by Martin McKenna


When Martin McKenna was growing up in Garryowen, Ireland, in the 1970s, he felt the whole world knew him as just "that stupid boy." Badly misunderstood by his family and teachers, Martin escaped from endless bullying by running away from home and eventually adopting -or being adopted by-six street dogs. 

Camping out in barns, escaping from farmers, and learning to fend for himself by caring for his new friends, Martin discovered a different kind of language, strict laws of behaviour, and strange customs that defined the world of dogs. 

More importantly, his canine companions helped him understand the vital importance of family, courage, and self-respect -and that he wasn't stupid after all. Their lessons helped Martin make a name for himself as the "Dog Man" in Australia, where he now lives and dispenses his hard-earned wisdom to dog owners who are sometimes baffled by what their four-legged friends are trying to tell them. 

An emotional and poignant story seasoned with plenty of humour, this book is an inspiration to anyone who's ever been told he or she won't amount to anything. It's also a unique, fascinating look into canine behaviour. In these pages, Martin shows how modern life has conditioned dogs to act around humans, in some ways helpful, but in other ways unnatural to their true instincts, and how he has benefited enormously from learning to "talk dog."

Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, 1st June 2015

RRP: $24.99 from booktopia.com.au

Book Club - Kids Corner

WHO IS FITZY FOX?
by Amelia Trompf, illustrated by Jennifer Bruce


Fitzy Fox is a furry animal who is feeling befuddled. He always thought he was a dog ... But because everyone calls him 'Foxy', he is a little confused.

To solve this existential crisis, Fitzy sets out on an expedition that journeys from Melbourne to London, to uncover the truth of his furry identity. Who is Fitzy Fox? centres on the uniqueness of each individual and being valued for who we are. It is about having the courage to identify and solve a problem as well as being willing to go to extraordinary lengths to do so.

Set in Melbourne’s Fitzroy, local children will love the familiar streets and landmarks of this historic, inner-city suburb delightfully portrayed in the illustrations of Scottish artist Jennifer Bruce. The story charmingly captures the cosmopolitan culture of Fitzroy, as well as some familiar icons of Britain.

Hardcover (landscape), 32 pages
Publisher: Little Steps Books, 1st July 2016
Ages: 4-8 years


RRP: $24.95 at www.fitzyfox.com and from www.booktopia.com.au

SAVING MAYA
by Janetta Harvey, illustrated by Annabel Wilson

This delightful children's book tells the story of two dogs who are destined to become sisters. 

This uplifting tale, based on a true-life story, not only introduces young readers to pet rescue and adoption, but also educates children about the cruel reality of today's puppy trade, where dogs are confined to produce puppies. 

Readers first meet Willow, a much-loved family pet living a happy normal life with Patsy. One day, Patsy decides to get Willow a sister but, she soon finds out that something is not right; she discovers that many of the puppies she admires come from awful places: puppy farms! Maya is one of those dogs. She's stuck in a filthy, dark barn and has been there her whole life. When readers first meet Maya, she's in a terrible state and fears her life is nearly over. 

However, rescue comes and readers follow Maya's journey to a place of safety, where for the first time in her life, she experiences kindness and eventually finds herself living with Willow and Patsy. 

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Troubadour Publishing, 28 September 2016
Ages: 8+


RRP: $20.99 from www.booktopia.com.au

KIM'S ADVENTURE TRAVELS: RUMBLE IN RAJASTHAN! 
by Peter Stephenson

‘Kim’s Adventure Travels Book 2: 'Rumble in Rajasthan!‘ follows Kim the audacious Jack Russell terrier and her family on their extraordinary travel adventures: this time to fascinating India.

After a thrilling visit to the the Taj Mahal, Charlie and Kim amuse the tourists by playing tricks in the gardens, which results in their being kidnapped by a travelling gypsy circus!  They are taken away and forced to perform circus tricks at different locations, with the family in hot pursuit. 

En route, Charlie makes friends with one of the gypsies, Divya. It soon turns out that the circus is managed by cruel tyrants. Divya and Charlie plan how she can break away with some of the other circus performers. Can Kim save the day?

In this adventure, Charlie learns more about himself when having to survive under harsh conditions on his own (well not really alone ... Kim is always by his side!). Also, Charlie learns how about to provide moral support to others in strife. The rest of the family learns, yet again, that patience, perseverance and the truth, eventually wins the day! 


This book is an authentic travelogue (the places explored can be looked up on the web) and offers genuine insights into the local customs, food and culture. 

This second book in the Kim's Adventure Travel series is dedicated to the tens of millions of homeless people and families in India. It follows the popular Book 1: " Punch-Up in the Punjab!" 

Paperback, 214 pages
Published 15 July 2016
Ages: 8-12 years


RRP: $14.99. Available online from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and Booktopia plus on your mobile at iBooks.


WORZEL WOOFACE
The Quite Very Actual Terribibble Twos!
by Catherine Pickles

Things look like they just might be settling down for Worzel. After a year in his forever home, he's come to an almost peaceful truce with most of the cats, persuaded his Mum and Dad that 'sit' isn't essential... 
And most importantly established his place in the middle of the bed!

No longer a cautious puppy, Worzel has discovered an independent streak, and his somewhat dodgy recall has become non-existent. With his sense of adventure matched only by his speed, ponds, pheasants, and a bitch at the end of the lane, are all far, far more interesting than Mum. Worzel has reached the 'terribibble teenage twos' - that time in every dog's life when their owners wonder if the work, patience and dedication spent in the early days was pointless ... and why everything their dog previously understood has suddenly become, at best, optional, but, more often, ignored!

This will bring back some memories for all dog owners...

Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie UK, 28 September 2016

RRP: $24.50 at www.renniks.com
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