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Dog Lovers Book Club - January 2023

The January 2023 selection of our Dog Lovers Book Club is out with our favourite picks of the latest book releases for dog lovers of all ages!

by W. Bruce Cameron

From the internationally bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Way Home comes Love, Clancy: Diary of a Good Dog, a deeply moving story with a brand new cast of characters, including one very good dog.

You’ve probably never met someone like Clancy. He’s keeping a diary, he’s falling in love, there are rivals for his affections, he lives with his best friend and his worst enemy – even taken together, these factors are maybe not that unusual, except that Clancy is a dog. His point of view is therefore perhaps... different.

Told in W. Bruce Cameron’s signature style, a tremendous cast of wonderful characters find themselves jointly and separately navigating the challenges of life, of love, and . . . other pets, including Clancy's “worst enemy” - one very disdainful cat. 

It’s a lot to keep track of, especially when things start to spin hilariously out of control, but fortunately, we’ve got the observations of Clancy, a very good dog, who shares a valuable perspective on what is really important.

Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, 10th January 2023

RRP: $22.99. Available for pre-order. For stockists, visit

by Tracy Beckerman

How do you housebreak a dog in a hurricane?

When Riley comes into her family's life, award-winning humor columnist Tracy Beckerman realizes she got a lot more than she bargained for. From tracking wet cement through the house to shredding the family's underwear, Riley is a one-dog wrecking ball. Yet this lovable Retriever also brings joy, laughter, and a renewed sense of wonder into the household.

At times hilarious and heartwarming, Barking at the Moon speaks to life's growing pains, and to mothering children both human and furry. 

With Beckerman's trademark wit and heart, she reminds us that no matter what stage of life we're in, we can learn a lot from the dogs who teach us how to stop and enjoy the ride.

Paperback, 220 pages
Published: 29th June 2021

RRP: $37.33 from

by Seishu HaseAlison Watts (Translator)
One dog changes the life of everyone who takes him in on his journey to reunite with his first owner in this inspiring tribute to the bond between humans and dogs and the life-affirming power of connection. 
Following a devastating earthquake and tsunami, a young man in Japan finds a stray dog outside a convenience store. The dog’s tag says “Tamon,” a name evocative of the guardian deity of the north. The man decides to keep Tamon, becoming the first in a series of owners as the dog journeys south to find the boy whom disaster tore him from.

Over the course of five years, Tamon will be taken into six vastly different homes, the final one belonging to his beloved first owner, Hikaru, a boy who has not spoken since the trauma of the tsunami. An agent of fate, Tamon is a gift to everyone who welcomes him into their life.

At once heart-rending and heart-warming, intimate and panoramic, suspenseful and luminous, this bestselling, award-winning novel weaves a feel-good tale of survival, resilience, and love beyond measure.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Scribner UK30th November 2022

RRP: $26.95 from

'Journey To The Centre Of Europe'
Adventure Caravanning with Dogs series
by Jacqueline Lambert

"Go to Hel." The Polish local wasn't being rude. She was describing Hel, Poland, well known for its fine beaches and windsurfing.

Ever since Jackie and Mark packed themselves and their four Cavapoo pups into their 'hound cart' (RV trailer) to tour Europe, they've learned lessons about overcoming obstacles - much more than they ever imagined.

Soon after they left, everything they knew about travelling changed.

COVID-19 stranded them in Italy, where they were forbidden to set foot outside their garden. Finally released from Italian lockdown, with borders closed and their own home rented out, they could not return to the UK. With only a rough idea where their wanderlust might take them, their adventures soon start stacking up. If you ever wanted to learn what full-time RV life is really like, this is the book for you.

From Italy to France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland, travel alongside our intrepid explorers as they navigate precipitous cliff-side roads, geopolitical unrest, and borders closing, with the spectre of COVID continually looming over them.

Will they go to Hel in a hound cart, or will that be what happens to their plans?

Paperback, 340 pages
Publisher: World Wide Walkies, 2nd December 2022

RRP: $28.50 from 

Amazing True Life Story of a Standard Schnauzer Dog in Alaska

by Joyce Mullan

Roman is one of Joyce Mullan's puppies and has travelled to Alaska to make his home with new owners, Al and Renee. 

Roman wants to tell you all about the true and amazing story of the exciting life he leads in Anchorage, Alaska. He has experienced animals of all kinds-like Black and Brown Bear, Red Fox, and Dall Sheep -along with rivers, lakes, and mountains.

He gets to go on adventures in meadows, parks, ice caves, and cars. Roman has never been bored in his life and is happy to be a brave Standard Schnauzer dog.

Roman doesn't take much time to relax because there are always so many exciting things to do! He has playtime with his dog buddies. He goes fishing and boating with Al and Renee. He hikes trails and climbs Alaska's massive mountains. Roman is a special dog that lives a special life, all with the help of loving owners and the incredible wild world of Alaska.

Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Archway Publishing, 8th December 2022
RRP: $37.80 from


The Story of a Refugee Dog 
by Miriam Halahmy

Nine-year-old Rudi and his beloved dog Hanno escape from Nazi Germany, but Rudi soon learns he'll have to protect Hanno from an entirely new threat in this thrilling World War II story based on true events.

What if you had to leave your dog behind when you fled? Rudi and his older sister Lotte have a chance to leave the dangers of Nazi Germany on a Kindertransport to England. However, he cannot bring Hanno, his wonderful Dachshund. Luckily, his family finds a way to smuggle Hanno to London. But with England on the brink of war, Hanno is still not safe.

As a German invasion of England becomes imminent, many British people decide their pets will suffer as well as drain limited resources, and thousands of pets are euthanized. To save Hanno, Rudi joins a group of scrappy London children who hide their pets away in a vacant lot. Just as London's children are about to be evacuated to the countryside, the group finds a wealthy animal lover willing to care for the menagerie on her country estate. This fast-paced and accessible novel is full of courage and excitement.

An author's note gives more information on the real-life events on which this story is based.

Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Holiday House Inc, 13th December 2022
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

RRP: $20.50

by Kenneth L. HaleyShelby Faircloth

"The Dog and the Butterfly" provides a modern collection of 12 fables. Written in the established tradition of fables, the animal characters speak and learn from their exploits and experiences. 

Their adventures mirror our own, and so the fables provide learning situations. These life lessons become important learning devices for children as they grow into adults and develop their own ideas and approaches to life.

A young field mouse learns that it is not enough to just think about what could or might be accomplished in life. Instead, what the mouse actually does matters. 

An old dog does not want to be bothered by a young pup until he realizes the pup was much like him and he remembers his own youth. 

A young and an old horned toad think about the beautiful things in life and how they fit into the wonders of nature. 

An old squirrel tells a tale to his grandchildren and leaves them with the idea that they should leave the forest a better place than they found it.

A wide variety of animal characters find themselves in situations where they discover things about themselves or the world around them. What they find can be useful for us all, and so these make excellent tales for bedtime stories even for children who are not yet old enough to read for themselves.

Paperback, 46 pages
Publisher:, Inc., 25th November 2022
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

Price: $35.21 from 

by Daniel Reyners

Tui the Wonder Dog
 recounts the adventures of Captain Dan, First Mate Annie, and Tui, the ship's dog, as they sail up and down the coasts of New Zealand.

These charming stories are inspired by the real-life adventures of the author, his family, and their little black Labrador

They include rescuing baby dolphins and shipwrecked sailors, confronting robbers, and finding their way in the mist by the smell of cooking bacon.

Paperback, 62 pages
Publisher: Lasavia Publishing, 1st December 2022
For Ages: 3 - 12 years old

RRP: $30.91 from

The Swimming Hole; Life Is Good; Barnyard Buddies; Puppy Luck

by Cam Higgins, Ariel Landy (Illustrator)

Books #5 through #8 in the charming Good Dog series are now available in one precious paperback boxed set!
This pawsome paperback boxed set includes:

✔️ The Swimming Hole
✔️ Life Is Good
✔️ Barnyard Buddies
✔️ Puppy Luck

Join adorable puppy Bo as he learns how to swim, experiences his first snow day, finds that splitting time between friends can be a little tricky, and tries to chase away some bad luck. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Good Dog chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Paperback, 512 pages
Published: 13th December 2022
For Ages: 5 - 9 years old

RRP: $50.75 from 


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