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The Dog of the North

The Dog of the North by Elizabeth McKenzie

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  • Women's Prize for Fiction 2023 Longlist

By Elizabeth McKenzie

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The darkly comic new novel from the bestselling author of The Portable Veblen ’Incredibly funny and very moving’ BELLA MACKIE ’A blissful novel that I want to give to everyone I love’ NINA STIBBE ‘Even funnier, even more romantic than McKenzie’s wonderful last’ KAREN JOY FOWLER Penny Rush has problems. Freshly divorced from her mobile knife-sharpener husband, she has returned home to Santa Barbara to deal with her grandfather, who is being moved into a retirement home by his cruel second wife. Her grandmother, meanwhile, has been found in possession of a sinister sounding weapon called ‘the scintilltor’ and something even worse in her woodshed. Penny’s parents have been missing in the Australian outback for many years now, and so Penny must deal with this spiralling family crisis alone. Enter The Dog of The North. The Dog of the North is a borrowed van, replete with yellow gingham curtains, wood panelling, a futon, a pinata, clunky brakes and difficult steering. It is also Penny’s getaway car from a failed marriage, a family in crisis and an uncertain future. This darkly, dryly comic novel follows Penny as she sets out in The Dog to find a way through the curveballs life has thrown at her and in doing so, find a way back to herself.


20 Jun 2023


A delightfully light, darkly funny and very entertaining read. The dog is a camper van and the engaging heroine gets buffeted around by various friends and family members with hilarious and sometimes catastrophic consequences. Enjoy!

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