Author(s): Stephanie Johnson
Funny, insightful, lyrical and touching, this is the perfect book for every dog lover. that night a wet nose in the dark sniffed me awake From good dogs to bad, adored pets to hard-working sheep dogs, canine companions have not only settled into New Zealand hearts but also into their books. Author Stephanie Johnson : herself an owner of a long line of mutts : has brought together an entertaining mix of writing. This collection includes both the old and new, and ranges over poetry, short stories and non-fiction. You'll meet Kevin Ireland's little hound Mighty Sid, Sue Orr's Lakeland terrier Buddy, and Michele Leggott's guide dog Olive. You'll learn about the early delicacy served up to Captain Cook, what the Cote d'Azur smells like to Charlotte Grimshaw, and Joe Bennett's advice that The correct way to teach your dog not to climb on to your bed is to sleep on the floor.'
Stephanie Johnson is the author of several collections of poetry and of short stories, works for stage and screen and many fine novels. The New Zealand Listener commented that Stephanie Johnson is a writer of talent and distinction. Over the course of an award-winning career : during which she has written plays, poetry, short stories and novels : she has become a significant presence in the New Zealand literary landscape, a presence cemented and enhanced by her roles as critic and creative writing teacher.' The Shag Incident won the Montana Deutz Medal for Fiction in 2003, and Belief was shortlisted for the same award. Stephanie has also won the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award and Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, and was the 2001 Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland. Several of her novels have been published in Australia, America and the United Kingdom. She co-founded the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival with Peter Wells in 1999.