Firstly, this is a book for children.,
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This review is from: Red Dog (Paperback)
This is pretty well written account of the famous roaming red dog of north western Australia. De Bernieres saw the statue erected in memory of the dog when visiting the area and was intrigued to find out more. This he did by reading two previously written factual accounts of the dog by Nancy Gillespie and Beverley Duckett. He took their stories of the dog and recreated the tales using almost all fictional characters, with the exception of John the bus driver, reckoned to be the only true master red dog ever had.
The best thing De Bernieres book has done is raise awareness of the dog to the point that a film was made. It was the "Red dog" film that made me aware of the story.
The film is closely based on this book with the usual silver screen embellishments. The book is very short and can be read in about two hours. I do feel that De Bernieres used his fame to good advantage using the above, but am sure most people would do the same if given the chance.