Red Dog

Red Dog

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Louis de Bernieres

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 174mm x 12mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099429047
  • ISBN 13: 9780099429043
  • Sales rank: 1,978

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'In early 1998 I went to Perth in Western Australia in order to attend the literature festival, and part of the arrangement was that I should go to Karratha to do their first ever literary dinner. Karratha is a mining town a long way further north. The landscape is extraordinary, being composed of vast heaps of dark red earth and rock poking out of the never-ending bush. I imagine that Mars must have a similar feel to it. I went exploring and discovered the bronze statue to Red Dog outside the town of Dampier. I felt straight away that I had to find out more about this splendid dog. A few months later I returned to Western Australia and spent two glorious weeks driving around collecting Red Dog stories and visiting the places that he knew, writing up the text as I went along. I hope my cat never finds out that I have written a story to celebrate the life of a dog.' Louis de Bernieres

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Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter.

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By Michelle Beagle 21 Feb 2012 5

Read this fantastic book in one sitting. Thank you Louis de Bernieres for putting Red Dogs story on paper - I laughed til I cried and I finished the book in tears. A witty and emotional story all rolled into one that is suitable for all ages.

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"De Bernieres brilliantly evokes the red heat of Australian summers. Heat lifts off the pages: turning them is like opening furnace doors" Spectator "When I finished the final chapter I immediately extended a sought-after invitation to my dog to spend the night on the bed" Observer "Contains some of his best writing" Sunday Times "It's a novel that will appeal to everyone whether they're dog-lovers or not." Daily Express