This is a wonderful book, inspired by the author’s visit to Western Australia and an extraordinary, independent dog that used to live there…
I’ll let him describe the premise:
“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 has done an outstanding job. This is one of those little gems full of warmth, humour, pathos and heartbreak that never once wanders into mawkish sentiment and is easily read in one sitting.
I’m glad I now know Red Dog’s story. Treat yourself too.