This is a departure from my usual vintage children’s book posts because I want to share this remarkable story with you.
In 1971 Spoofy's latest owners must leave for two years in England. With uncanny perception the dog seems to become aware that he will need a new home. He resolves this by attaching himself to a family newly arrived from Dorset, who have left behind their own Cornish born Border Collie, following the Author's appointment to a helicopter squadron in the small Australian Fleet Air Arm.
The flying and adjustment to Australia each bring their own problems and excitement but Spoofy is always there, as companion, supporter, guardian, as well as collaborator and sidekick to the family's toddler daughter - and firm opponent of the landlady. The story is woven with aerial drama, snakes, spiders and other wildlife in a vivid depiction of 'real' Australia, as well as larger than life characters carved from the history of the outback.
This true and often hilarious account also has pioneer Aussie Mr Booth, and the drama of life in a distant, tiny, close knit hard working and hard playing community.
“Spoofy” is a wonderful book, sad, funny and truly heart-warming. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough. I loved it, and I’m sure you will too.
Published by Pegasus - Vanguard in illustrated paperback available from Amazon
Anthony Holt will be signing copies of Spoofy at Waterstones, Bridport on Saturday, April 29th 2012. Why not call in, say hello and while you're there treat yourself to a copy of this unputdownable book.