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Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: Blue Dog By Louis de Bernieres

This is a book review of Blue Dog by Louis de Bernieres that was recently published by Random House Books Australia on 1 August 2016.

Blue Dog is the prequel to Red Dog which became a worldwide best seller, was translated into 30 languages and made into a classic Australian movie in 2001.

Louis de Bernieres is an English writer who lives in Norfolk. Before writing full time he held many varied jobs including landscape gardener, motorcycle messenger and car mechanic. He also taught English in Colombia. He wrote his first novel in 1990 and has won many awards since then for his 30+ books.

This book also forms part of my 2016 Reading Challenge list at 2/12 a book you can finish in a day (it's short and sweet and easy to read although it took me a few days I'm still putting it under this category!)

This is a beautiful story of an 11 year old boy Mick who after a family tragedy moves from his bustling Sydney life to his Grandpa's property in the laidback red dirt outback of the Pilbara in Western Australia.

The story is told from Mike's young mind as he comes to terms with his grief, living on the land with the wildlife, having adventures with his pet blue dog, the remoteness of being in the outback, the Aborigines and farm hands who become Mike's friends and spending time with his Grandpa.

This is a short, easy to read, heart warming story and the Australian slang makes it very amusing and authentic too (don't worry for non-Aussies there's a glossary of Australian language included!).

I love reading stories set in my home country and the Australian bush and outback was so realistic I could imagine the Pilbara setting perfectly and this really added to the charm of the story.

I recommend this book to all ages who want an easy to read story set in the Australian outback.

I give this book 5 stars out of  5

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch paint dry than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd give up a bottle of the worlds best champagne for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

Blue Dog can be purchased from Random House Australia

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  1. I love the sound of this Michelle, I'll be checking it out on my next trip to the book shop. I love the inclusion of the Aussie slang and the Pilbara, sounds right up my alley.

    1. It's a beautiful book Lisa I hope you like it! x


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