In 1998, de Bernières visited the mining towns of Western Australia and stumbled across a bronze statue of Red Dog (1971-1979) outside Dampier. Inspired by this legendary canine, he made another visit, collecting the stories of his life and gently fictionalising them. We follow Red Dog, the itinerant, resourceful, if flatulent hero ("a real dag of a dog") as he seduces all who meet him at Hamersley Iron Transport. After his early residence with New Zealander John is cut short by John's untimely death, however, Red Dog undertakes "his greatest adventures" with "absolute liberty", criss-crossing the country with amazing ease, becoming the "Pilbara Wanderer, the Dog of the North-West, who belonged to everyone because he couldn't find the one he loved the most, and wouldn't settle for less".
Whether undermining the Hitlerian trailer-park managers, or hitch-hiking from Perth, Red Dog always comes up trumps. Dealing with his hero's inevitable decline, de Bernières manages to secure real empathy for the dog, without declining into mawkishness--perhaps because we all know a Red Dog, canine or otherwise. As one character points out: "Everyone's got a Red Dog story. Someone ought to write them down." Louis de Bernières thankfully has. --Alan Stewart
The story of an amazing dog, in rural Western Australia. Not a stray, no official owner but loved by all as he went his independent way, adopting people and charming them. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Gareth Lukey
A great short read about a charismatic dog who touched the lives of many people in Australia. For a dog-owner, it's a joyful testament to that very special friendship. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ged
If you love dogs, and a heart-warming story, then you will love this book!
Here is an author, who introduces a multitude of characters (as in his other books), that you can't... Read more
I loved it 😘 its a story of a strong bond between a dog and his owner and how red dog touched everyone lives .Published 3 months ago by Sharon williams
I love all Louis de Bernieres books and this is no exception. A lovely story.Published 3 months ago by knitaholic
What a book! I had wanted to read this book for ages- gave it to myself for Xmas! It is a short but wonderful read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Island Maid