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Dog Lovers Book Club - November 2017

Christmas is fast approaching and books have always made ideal gifts to educate, entertain and inspire us. This fact is not lost on publishers who are releasing a host of new titles over the next two months with a higher than usual number of glossy coffee table books!

Here's our selection this month which may help you tick a few presents off your list early...

The Leunig Edition

by Craig McGill, Susan Elliott, Michael Leunig

Wherever good wine is made, you're likely to find a dog scouting the tasting room or winery.

Wine Dogs Australia in now in its 5th edition and features over 130 wineries across Australia with stunning photos of their loyal pooches. Along the way, the mutts and purebreds are interspersed with a foreword and cartoons by legendary Australian artist Michael Leunig

Find out which dog is the Tasmanian sausage-eating champion, discover the identity of the wine industry's infamous handbag thief, and the Hunter Valley chook terminator is exposed! This is is a photographic journal of stunning pictures and great stories - created all for the love of dogs and wines.

Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Giant Dog Publishing, 1st October 2017

RRP: $35.00 from

by Serena Hodson

Photographer Serena Hodson takes beautiful colour photographs of man's best friend ... Her work revolving around her dogs, Rocco, Ralph and Simon has a strong fan base around the world and she is also the author of Dogservations.

This time pooches of all shapes, sizes and colours show us their most lovable side as her furry subjects are all upside down! Hodson is able to capture the sweet personality of each dog she works with. The results are stunning, charming, and laugh-out-loud adorable. Even if your dog is a seasoned contortionist, we're bound to discover a few new positions and some inspiration for your own social feeds!

This wonderful book will delight dog lovers of all ages and makes a perfect Christmas gift.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, 31st October 2017

RRP: $19.99 from

by Hoxton Mini Press

Most of us will occasionally produce some cute pet photos but this is the ultimate photographic guide to the world's best-loved animal. The Internet is awash with cute puppy pictures and studio pet photography, yet dogs and our relationship to them is so much richer than these images suggest. 

This book brings together the work of 30 artists including Alec Soth, William Wegman, Tim Flach and Peter Hujar to show dogs as pets, working animals or street dogs in a remarkable new light. 

These images are full of surprise, drama and heart and will allow the dog lover and photography aficionado alike to reaffirm their relationship with man's best friend.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, 5th October 2017

RRP: $75.00 from

People and Dogs - It's a Kind of Magic! 
by Chris Kent

The K9 Project is a unique organisation that works with ex-shelter dogs, providing therapeutic education, personal development, and canine-assisted coaching. 

Heart-warming, educational, inspiring, funny - yet sharply realistic - this book tells the story of human and canine companionship, courage, and resolve. Each dog has a unique gift that helps vulnerable and isolated children and adults find motivation, self belief, and that often elusive feeling of connection.

Telling the story of each of the dogs, and many of the people they helped along the way, you'll also learn from the people whose lives have been transformed, and from Chris Kent, founder of this unique project.Discover how the special dogs of the K9 Project have shaped so many lives. 

If this is a topic of interest, you may also enjoy reading 'Unleashing the Healing Power of Animals' by Dale Preece-Kelly.

Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie, an imprint of Veloce Publishing Ltd, October 2017

RRP: $32.99 from

How To Be the Best You

by Helen James

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration...

Pugs have been around for centuries and with age comes wisdom! This particular Pug is a philosopher as everyone knows that Pugs stands for Philosophical Universal Guidance

Drawing inspiration from other creatures and in a unique charming way this Pug demonstrates how we can learn from their teachings. This adult self- help book will delight readers (not just Pug lovers) with its beautiful colourful illustrations and simple thought provoking text. 

Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Exisle Publishing, 1st October 2017
RRP: $19.99

Book Club - Kids' Corner

by Paul Collins
There are few books catering for teenagers and boys in particular. This title explores many issues: the acceptance of change and loss, the importance of friends and family, bullying and the uplifting strength that comes from hope. 

Harry’s mum runs a boarding house for transient old men who are down on their luck. To counter his frustration and anger, Harry longs for the companionship of a dog. The Annual Gala at school features a dog hurdle race and more than anything in the world, Harry would love to enter a dog into that race and win it. Such a win would give him a sense of worth and belonging.

A new lodger, Jack Ellis, befriends Harry and shares a wealth of outback adventure stories featuring dogs with him.

Written in the form of a daily diary with easy to read font, the format makes it easy to pause and start again which should motivate even the most reluctant teenage readers!

Paperback, 225 pages
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing, 1st March 2017
For: Boys, 11+ years old

RRP: $17.95 from

by Corinne Fenton, illustrated by Robin Cowcher 

A charmingly illustrated book and a delightful story about a much loved Little Dog and his family.

The summer holidays stretch out forever. Little Dog and his family set off with their caravan from Melbourne to Sydney. 

Set in the Summer holidays of 1957/58, this is a nostalgic story about road trips, camping, sunshine and the way family holidays used to be. 
Just as Little Dog and the Christmas Wish celebrated Melbourne, this is a lovely look at the Sydney of the 50's, when dogs were allowed to share the fun with you practically anywhere...

Hardcover, 32 pages 
Publisher: Black Dog Books (an imprint of Walker Books Australia), 1st October 2017
For Ages: 5+ years old

RRP: $24.99 at

by Robyn Osborne, illustrated by Sadami Konchi

Join Socks in his secret world, where imagination rules and the everyday becomes extraordinary! While most people think Socks is just an ordinary dog, through a child's eyes he becomes an enchanted character of many disguises - a chameleon who changes with his environment. One day he's a contented cow rolling in grass, the next a sleek seal basking on rocks, or even a terrible tiger, sprinting from hunters and searching for prey. 

Regardless of his many guises however, Socks offers a dog's unconditional love and loyalty, for 'when he is by my side, he is my best friend'. We did enjoy the clever use of rhythm, rhyme and alliteration making this title the perfect read aloud book to share with young dog lovers, aged 3 to 8.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing, 1st October 2017
For Ages: 3-8+ years old 

RRP: $24.95 at      

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