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Dog Lovers Book Club - May 2020

Make a dog mum's day memorable with this Mother's Day selection of books for dog lovers. 

Our gift guide highlights the latest dog book releases in fiction, non-fiction, lifestyle/design, bios so you can give Mum a present to keep her entertained during her self-iso! You'll also find some illustrated children's books and educational options to keep the non fur-kids busy.

GOOD DOG
by Kate Leaver

Celebratory, joyous and moving, this is a book about the profoundly healing, curative qualities of dogs - and how we need dogs in our lives more than ever.

Good Dog is about the power of canine friendship - in particular the profoundly healing role that dogs can play in our lives - a celebration of the extraordinary creatures who change - and sometimes even save - our lives.

Covering the science and history of our extraordinary relationship with dogs, and focusing on the role that dogs can play in enriching and improving our mental and emotional health and our lives, Good Dog is a celebration of the most remarkable cross-species friendship on the planet. 

Good Dog focuses on ten powerful, personal stories of dogs and their owners, from Missy the Pug, who has allowed 10-year-old autistic Cody to live his best life to Darcy, who spends precious time in a children's hospice; from Pip, who helps her teenage owner manage her diabetes, to Jingles, who works in therapy and rehab at a prison.

Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia, 20th April 2020


RRP: $29.99
at www.booktopia.com.au

DR CLAIRE’S LOVE YOUR DOG
by Dr Claire Stevens

Being a responsible and educated dog owner is no easy task. 

Owners often feel overwhelmed trying to make the right decisions for their cuddly canine, and that’s no surprise when they are faced with difficult choices regarding pet insurance, vaccinations, diet, surgery, medical procedures and so much more. 

This book helps owners make sense of all that and supports them in truly being their dog’s best friend. The expert and user-friendly advice from a practising Australian vet includes: a complete canine care guide following the life stages of a dog; practical advice on all aspects of caring for your furry friend; canine behaviour and training; and coverage of the common canine diseases.

This expert and user-friendly book supports owners in truly being their dogs’ best friend. Dr Claire advises on: the life stages of your dog; all aspects of caring for your furry friend, including pet insurance, vaccinations, diet and general health; behaviour and training; common canine diseases; and so much more.

Paperback, 320 pages 
Publisher:Woodslane, 1st May 2020

RRP: $39.99 in all good bookstores or online at www.booktopia.com.au

AT HOME IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
Designers and Their Dogs

by Susanna Salk

A walk down a scenic country lane with a Labrador and tea with pugs in a cosy dwelling - there is a close connection between the British countryside and dogs. In this book, leading U.K. designers share the stylish country homes that they enjoy with their dogs.

At Home in the English Countryside showcases a mix of casually aristocratic or glamorously bohemian country houses captured in original photography and lively text. 

Presented are the strikingly beautiful abodes of many of Great Britain's top international designers, from Paolo Moschino and Kit Kemp to Anouska Hempel and Sophie Conran. Canines of several sizes and breeds, among them pedigreed pugs, a whippet, and a terrier, are seen in their picturesque homes, full of chintz and antiques, and gardens of fragrant flowers alongside their beloved companions.

Each dog owner offers advice for sharing a home with his or her beloved canine companions. Collars (one of custom leather and green malachite), dog bowls of antique Spode porcelain, and chic and comfy napping spots are shown. Anglophiles will be inspired by the dreamy lives of these designers and their pups.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications, 17th March 2020


Price: $77.95 at www.booktopia.com.au

THE LONELY HEARTS DOG WALKERS
by Sheila Norton

Can Nicola find her happy fur-ever after?

After separating from her husband, newly single Nicola decides to move back home to Furzewell - although living with her six-year-old daughter, Mia, and her mum, Ros, is not the future she'd ever imagined for herself.

Struggling to pick up the pieces, Ros suggests Nicola throw herself into village life. Things look to finally be on the up when Nicola gets a new job at the local school and also starts to make new friends, joining the Lonely Hearts Dog Walkers. But when the local playground is threatened by developers, the future begins to look more uncertain than ever. Can Nicola fight to protect her new community and find her happy fur-ever after?

A heartwarming and feelgood novel about love, friendship and community

Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Penguin Ebury Publishing, 31st March 2020


RRP: $34.60 at www.booktopia.com.au

A DOG CALLED HARRY
by Jill Baker

A moving memoir of a dog dubbed 'Dirty Harry' who helped a broken woman love life again.

You want a friend, get a dog - Gordon Gekko

'Jeez, look at you, my friend blurted. 'You hardly smile. You used to be hilarious but you haven't laughed in weeks.'
She listed the things she thought might help: a bottle of wine, six months at the beach, a year overseas.
I was having none of it.
Finally, she said: 'Jill, you need something to love.'
She was right. I needed someone who cuddled me at night and was still excited to see me in the morning. I just hadn't met him yet.

Newspaper editor Jill Baker arrived home to find her husband dead on the bedroom floor. Within weeks, still in shock, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and told her chances of surviving. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed in a year from hell.

At her lowest ebb, Jill took a chance. She needed something or somebody to make life worth living again. But could it really be a crazy, howling, snoring, digging, chewing, barking orange pup?

Turns out Harry and Jill were made to be together. They are an unlikely duo. Jill is quiet, Harry is loud as hell. Jill meticulously plans the day while Harry says let's wing it. She sips pinot while he's an espresso martini guy. Theirs is a beautiful friendship, an unbreakable bond.

A Dog Called Harry is the moving story of a dog dubbed Dirty Harry who helped Jill love life again.

Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, 25th February 2020


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

BOOK CLUB – KIDS’ CORNER

BEL RIA 
Dog of War
by Sheila Burnford

Sheila Burnford, the author of The Incredible Journey, offers the spellbinding tale of a small dog caught up in the Second World War, and of the extraordinary life-transforming attachments he forms with the people he encounters in the course of a perilous passage from occupied France to besieged England.

Nameless, Burnford's hero first turns up as a performing dog, a poodle mix earning his keep as part of a gypsy caravan that is desperately fleeing the Nazi advance. Taken on ship by the Royal Navy, he is given the name of Ria and serves as the scruffy mascot to a boatload of sailors. 

Marooned in England in the midst of the Blitz, Ria rescues an old woman from the rubble of her bombed house, and finds himself unexpectedly transformed into Bel, the coiffed and pampered companion of her old age. 

Bel Ria is an exciting story about a compellingly real, completely believable dog. Readers of all sorts and ages will find in Bel Ria a companion to take to heart.

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Nyrb Kids, 19th March 2020
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old


Price: $26.50 at www.booktopia.com.au

THE DOG PATROL
Our Canine Companions and the Kids Who Protect Them
by Rob Laidlaw


In a full-colour dog book unlike any other, acclaimed children's nonfiction author Rob Laidlaw delves into the history and evolution of dogs as human companions, and empowers young readers to promote the health and happiness of dogs in their own lives and beyond.

"The Dog Patrol functions as both a how-to manual on taking care of a dog and a celebration of kids who have made significant efforts to protect and help dogs. Information is also included about the history of dogs and humans. The book is filled with attractive colour photographs with clear captions...

This is an excellent resource for anyone thinking about getting a dog, as well as for those who already have dogs.” Youth Services Book Review

Hardcover, 52 pages
Publisher: Pajama Press, 14th April 2020
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old


RRP: $36.25 at www.booktopia.com.au

SKADOODLE & SNUG'S MAGNIFICENT PLAN
by Caroline Tuohey, illustrated by Karen Sagovac

Skadoodle and Snug both resided in town,
one with Miss Willis, the other, Joe Brown.
And each little dog loved their owner to bits
but knew that the pairings were really the pits.

If only they could swap owners… 

Share in the antics of what happens when a Poodle and a Pug take matters into their own hands (or paws).

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Larrikin House, 1st May 2020
For Ages: 3+ years old


Price: $21.25 from www.booktopia.com.au

A BOY, A BALL AND A DOG
by Gianna Marino


There was never a ball the boy wouldn't throw.
Luckily, there was never a ball that his dog couldn't catch.

When a new kind of ball (a balloon) floats into the picture, both boy and dog try to find a way to play with it, and they become separated. 

Will they find their way back to each other and finish their game?

Hardcover, 40 pages
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 12th July 2016
For Ages: 4+ years old

RRP: $29.99 at www.booktopia.com.au
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