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WIN 1 of 17 copies of Good Dogs Don’t Make It to the South Pole by Hans-Olav Thyvold, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

The wisest, funniest, and most inspiring book on ageing and friendship written by a dog you’ll ever read.

The best thing you can aspire to in this world, is company. Whether it’s for pleasure or pain, a crowning or an execution: everything is better with company. You might say it all went to hell with Mrs. Thorkildsen, but you know what? It could have been worse, because Mrs. Thorkildsen had me to keep her company. And I had her. That’s what we had in common, her and me, what bound us together. We were company.

The Major, a World War II veteran, breathes his last. Watching over him are his wife and his faithful companion, Tassen, the story’s narrator, who is, by his own admission, a couch potato and a one-man dog.

After the Major is gone, Tassen and Mrs Thorkildsen settle into their new life surrounded by books and stories of the 1911 race between Norway’s explorer Roald Amundsen and Britain’s Captain Robert F. Scott to reach the South Pole first. Regular visits to the local library and the bar next door provide all types of enlightenment. However, when Mrs Thorkildsen becomes ill, Tassen’s world begins to wobble.

Beguiling, poignant, funny and thoughtful, this novel is destined to become a favourite.


Author bio:

Hans-Olav Thyvold was born in Norway in 1959. He has published several nonfiction books and also been a journalist, radio host and TV host. In 2017 he published his first work of fiction, Snille hunder kommer ikke til Sydpolen. The novel has now been translated into English and is published as Good Dogs Don’t Make it to the South Pole. Thyvold has previously written and published books about Roald Amundsen as well as Fridtjof Nansen.


For more great reads head to www.allenandunwin.com

Please note this competition is open from 1st February 2020 until 1st March 2020 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. J. ThornNSW
  2. J. BernardNSW
  3. F. MohsinWA
  4. T. SmythSA
  5. J. BarrettNSW
  6. J. ButtigiegVIC
  8. S. MitchellNSW
  9. P. WiltshireNSW
  10. B. SkanavisNSW
  11. V. LynchTAS
  12. S. BlackQLD
  13. N. KINGSA
  14. K. CampbellVIC
  15. J. WalczakNSW
  16. J. SpearVIC
  17. R. SuzanneVIC
  • We have two Labradors aged two they love stealing toilet rolls from bathroom they also love going for walks along beach

  • My kitty Louis is my soul mate, an amazing comfort. He’s almost human and thinks he’s human….but I’ll never forget the first time he came up behind me, put his paws around my neck, nuzzling his head, cuddling me. He still does it but the first time was remarkable.

  • My best friend, Kendra. She was my scottish grey cat who lived for 18 long and happy years during my childhood, she greeted me at the door every day I came home from school and celebrated many life achievements. Sadly missed.

  • Chloe was our little girl we rescued from a family that couldnt look after her anymore.
    She became our faithful shadow… we called her a pillow pet – she didnt want to be in anyones way but always happy for a cuddle.

  • My dog would travel everywhere i went i would drive melb to syd often and he would sit his head on my lap the whole drive and never move the whole drive constantly my companion to keep me safe

  • Our current dog as a pup,
    He chewing was really tough!
    He destroyed every outdoor cushion with pride,
    Even when we did hide!
    Such a clever boy,
    Even now he loves chewing up his toys.

  • my first do benj when I was ten choosing him from the resuce centre the love of my life still

  • My favourite is a recurring memory, which I relive every day. It is the AWESOME greeting I get from my dog whenever I come home – the joy that comes out of that crazy wagging tail never fails to lift my spirits, no matter what dramas may have occurred.

  • Minty. Sat on my tummy when I was pregnant. Minty was a cat.

  • Our dog does this dance for toast…nothing else but goes nuts over a piece of toast…he dances, prances and tosses it around before he eats it

  • Hard to choose one favourite memory. We’ve had a few dogs over out
    R time, and they are all so loving and loyal parts of the family. Everything that they do shows how much they love you as a family.

  • Mr B who was a rescue dog , afraid of everyone and everything having been abused, he is now a well adapted loving boy who loves everyday

  • When my big Staffie now was a little pup she used to curl up inside my slippers and go to sleep, when she first started doing it, i could never find her haha!

  • My big staffie now but when she was so little would curl up and sleep inside my slippers.

  • We make our own prosciutto and salami every year which we cure and then vacuum seal for consumption across the year. One year the family dog found the stash which was in a sealed tub. He somehow opened the tub and then buried every single pack of cured meat in the garden.

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