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Red dog
Red dog
De Bernières, Louis2002
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.
Red dog / Louis De Bernières ; illustrated by Alan Baker.
London : Vintage; Milsons Point, N.S.W : Random House Australia, 2002.
119 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Previously published: London : Secker & Warburg, 2001.
9780099429043 (pbk)00994290479781742752259