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Dog Lovers Book Club - August 2022




Whether you're a fan of psychological thrillers, breathtaking adventures and true dog tales, a history buff or love feasting your eyes on stunning dog photography books, we have some great suggestions for you in our August 2022 Dog Lovers Book Club

Let's not forget some educational children's books because 'Reading Is All'...

SGT GEORGE, THE RELUCTANT DETECTIVE
by Lee Huggett 

When heroic war dog, SGT George develops Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Agoraphobia, and a crippling fear of any man with a black beard, he is sent home from Afghanistan, to retire in an English village. Determined to live his life slumped on the sofa, eating, and waiting to die, George has no idea of the trouble ahead.


When his human tries to cure him with a barrage of insufferable therapies, he knows he has become a hopeless case. But when his army ego is ridiculed by a mysterious pack of dubious dogs, he realizes he must venture outside to enact revenge and re-establish his pride. 

When he does, he finds himself on a new mission. One which involves solving a murder, in a bid to save the heart and soul of a tormented young dog.

As the story unfolds, and the case more complex, he finds that his staunchly held army beliefs come shattering down around him. 
Not only are the dogs smarter and more challenging than he had originally thought, but now he is confronted with the task of defending an enemy, he has spent his life fearing and hating.

But is the suspect really a murdering terrorist? Or is he being led down another path of deception and betrayal by yet another enemy in disguise?

Paperback, 262 pages

RRP: $29.69 at www.amazon.com.au. Available online and from all good bookstores.


WONDER DOGS
True Stories of Canine Courage
by Ben Holt

Life isn't perfect, but dogs certainly can be!

Meet the incredible dogs in this inspiring collection of true stories, championing the often-underestimated role of man’s best friend.

✔️ 
Daisy, the tiny Dachshund who put her life on the line to save her humans from a bear.
✔️ Charco, the veteran sniffer dog who has saved countless human lives, and yet still keeps his tail wagging.
✔️ Delta, the dog who died trying to protect her young owner from a volcano after already having saved his life three times.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that dogs are pretty great. But when it comes to facing peril, these loyal creatures always seem willing to step up to the mark and become true doggy heroes. 

Whether they’re saving humans from dangerous people or situations, helping the sick, fighting crime or just following their animal instincts to do good, the true stories featured in this expanded and updated collection prove that dogs aren't only man s best friend they’re also inspirational, courageous, and selfless companions to us all.

Paperback:‎ 208 pages
Publisher: Summersdale, 12 April 2022

Price: $17.35 from www.booktopia.com.au

NORTHBOUND WITH THEO
A Man and His Dog Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail at Ages 75 and 8
by Soren West

2,200 miles, February till October, all sorts of weather!


After 46 years as a trial attorney, Soren West and his golden retriever, Theo, set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Soren loses 30 pounds, has a tooth reset, and his shoulder repaired.

But he also meets wild people, unscalable rocks, and night-time frights on this "life-changing adventure," all the way with Theo!
Soren West discovered the woods as both adventure and refuge from a difficult home life as a 12-year-old.

This book is for hikers, dog lovers, nature lovers, anyone who likes huge challenges and readers who like "life-changing adventures"!



Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Walnut Street Books, 15th July 2022


Price: $23.99 at www.amazon.com.au

DOGS IN VAN DIEMEN’S LAND
The adorable, the mischievous and the downright nasty
by Ian Broinowski


Dogs in Van Diemen's Land tells the story of how dogs were imbued into practically every aspect of early colonial life in Tasmania,

Initially they were instrumental in feeding the British who would most certainly have starved had it not been for their dogs' ability to provide them with the sustenance they needed. Dogs almost immediately befriended the Palawa people and played a signi´Čücant part in the 1820's war for Lutruwita (i.e. Tasmania) on both sides by guarding, attacking and often dying protecting their people.


They ran alongside the paths of bushrangers who needed them for food and protection. In the emerging colony crime and murder were ever present and dogs played their part as guard dogs, defenders and at times risking their lives. Love for dogs by all strata of this tiny, isolated community is evident in so many of the articles and images presented in the book and are both amusing and pleasurable to read and view.

This book will be enticing for those who love dogs and enjoy tales from the past.


Paperback, 318 pages
Publisher: Ian Broinowski, 30th May 2022

Price: 114.06 at www.amazon.com.au

DOG GODS
by Tim Flach

In a remarkable series of original photographs, award-winning artist Tim Flach examines and celebrates the wonder of the dog.

New ways of living and new findings in research reveal our relationship with these much-loved creatures is even more intense and vital than we previously thought.

In insightful stories and eye-opening images, Dogs Gods shows us that our great companions may not only be remarkable as dogs - they can also hold the key to new understandings of what it is to be human.

Drawing on access to some of the world's most prized dogs and breeds, along with insights into cutting-edge research on the human-dog relationship, Flach and writer Lewis Blackwell take the reader on a remarkable journey around the canine world. From examining the origin of the species, to showing how dogs can surprise us with new secrets about life, Dogs Gods is an inspiration and celebration around one of the most enduring loves.

Hardcover, 216 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd, 29th March 2022

Price: $57.25 from www.booktopia.com.au

BOOK CLUB – KIDS’ CORNER
 
A HOME FOR GODDESSES AND DOGS
by Leslie Connor

A unique masterpiece about loss, love, and the world’s best bad dog, now available in paperback.

This novel sings about loss and love and finding joy in new friendships and a loving family, along with the world’s best bad dog. An uplifting middle grade novel about recovery featuring strong female characters, an adorable dog, and the girl who comes to love him.

It’s a life-altering New Year for thirteen-year-old Lydia when she uproots to a Connecticut farm to live with her aunt following her mother’s death.

Aunt Brat and her jovial wife, Eileen, and their ancient live-in landlord, Elloroy, are welcoming and a little quirky. Lydia’s struggle for a sense of belonging in her new family is highlighted when the women adopt a big yellow dog just days after the girl’s arrival.

Wasn’t one rescue enough?

Lydia is not a dog person and this one is trouble! He is mistrustful and slinky. He pees in the house, escapes into the woods, and barks at things unseen. His new owners begin to guess about his unknown past.


Meanwhile, Lydia doesn’t want to be difficult and she does not mean to keep secrets but there are things she’s not telling...

Like why the box of “paper stuff” she keeps under her bed is so important... And why that hole in the wall behind a poster in her room is getting bigger...
And why something she took from the big yellow dog just might be the key to unravelling his mysterious past but at what cost.


Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 3rd March 2022


RRP: $14.99 from www.booktopia.com.au

NOT TODAY CELESTE!
A Dog's Tale About Her Human's Depression

by Liza Stevens, contribution by Pooky Knightsmith 


Celeste thinks she is the happiest dog in the world. But when she notices something different about her human, Rupert, she wonders if things will ever be the same again.


Charmingly illustrated, this heart-warming story for children aged 3+ reflects some of the feelings and experiences that a child whose parent or carer has depression may face. When it comes to periods of low mood in a parent or carer, children can often feel that they are to blame, or even that the parent doesn't love them anymore.

The story provides reassurance by explaining what depression is and how it is possible to find help. With a comprehensive guide for parents and professionals written by Dr Pooky Knightsmith that provides advice on discussing the topic with children, this is a truly valuable resource that will be of interest to social workers, child and school counsellors, psychologists, parents and foster parents.

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 21st April 2022
Paperback, 36 pages
For Ages: 4+ years old

Price: $26.25 from www.booktopia.com.au

WINSTON THE TRAVELING DOG GOES TO EGYPT & JORDAN
by Cynthia Anne Finefrock

A cute and entertaining tale of a brave pup named Winston and his adventures abroad.


Winston the Traveling Dog goes to Egypt & Jordan
is h
is second adventure overseas as Winston couldn't wait to keep exploring the big, amazing world he lives in. This time, he's off to Egypt & Jordan in search of treasure, Indiana Bones style! What kind of treasure will he end up finding?

Spark your child's curiosity of the world as they tag along with Winston, visiting popular sights.

Children will learn the importance of embracing different cultures, cityscapes and cuisines, all the while making new friends along the way. 

Pack your imaginary bags and let's get ready for an adventure!

Paperback, 24 pages
Publisher‏ ‎ Faithful Friends Publishing, 30th May 2022.

RRP: $20.44 at www.amazon.com.au

SOLO 
by Adam Beer

A terrific book to encourage sharing and making new friends – not to mention the perfect present for dog lovers!

Meet Solo the dog. This is his island – and these are his things and his humans. So when a group of other dogs turn up, Solo doesn’t like it – not one bit – and he tells them so quite firmly. He doesn't want to share his things and he thinks they're running out of control (although it does look quite fun...).

Only, once the others have gone, Solo finds that he misses his new friends, and races to get them back.

Will Solo come to see that no dog is an island, and that some things are just better with friends? Find out in this irresistible author-illustrator debut from Adam Beer, the illustrator of Mammoth.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK, 21st July, 2022
For Ages: 3 - 99 years old

RRP: $14.99. For stockists, visit www.simonandschuster.com.au
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