Thursday, 20 April 2017


Welcome to Sally's book-a-day-for-2017 blog. If unfamiliar with the blog, scroll down.

Swag-Dog (Post 110)

Swag-Dog (2002), opens with Will, a thirteen-year-old swagman, stepping out with his suspiciously new boots, hat and bluey. With him is Tobor, his faithful dog. Will faces hardship and adventures, falling in a ditch, finding a gold nugget, rescuing Irish Pete from a goldfield's riot, making friends with the squatter's daughter and her huge horse, Tiptoes, and helping a trapped dog. In other words, Will the swagboy encounters a great many iconic characters and situations of the Outback. All is not as it seems, as you probably picked up from the name of the swag-dog.

Swag-Dog, another one done under the pen name Patrick Farrell, was written from research arising from two previous projects; a play which morphed into a book but which was never published (I can't recall the name, though I do recall some incidents and characters) and a book that did make it to publication; Pride: Bridgeover-Sundown. That one will be profiled for ANZAC Day. The general themes of the longer stories are The Outback as Character and the strength of belief. This one, though, is more about icons, with the denouement hiding in plain sight.  

About the Blog 

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, post a comment and I'll get back to you.

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