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Swifty the greyhound where is my Pie?


Swifty the greyhound is a retired champion with a nose like a prune who steals pies and Vegemite and loves to dance. She's had a tough life but what makes her happy? And will she run away? Find out in this charming, funny picture book suitable for children of all ages, but especially 3- 7 year olds. 10% of the proceeds go to a charity which rehomes retired greyhounds.

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Publisher of
Swifty the Greyhound where is my PIE?

Brogo Books


Testimonials for Swifty the Greyhound where is my Pie?

The book highlights Swifty’s love of food, fashion and dance, described in doggy doggerel with lines like, “She has a good friend, they both have long snoots/a greyhound called Cash, they are snoots in cahoots”.

Helen Musa, Canberra City News

The pictures are lovely and so quirky. Swifty shines through. I hope she got a treat for being such a star!

Greyhound owner

Who stole the jar of Vegemite and licked it clean? Who ate the pies? Swifty the rescue greyhound of course. Lucky we all love her. She's our greyhound now

Marion Halligan OAM, Patron of the ACT Writers Centre and author.


Marilyn Chalkley


Marilyn Chalkley is a writer and Arts publicist who lives in Canberra with  her husband and Swifty the rescue greyhound. Before Swifty she owned a number of dogs, mostly kelpies. She cannot believe how different  greyhounds are.



Swifty is a gentle retired greyhound who won 14 races at an average of 66km an hour. She loves pies and baguettes, cannoli and roast beef.  She likes to nick them when no-one is looking. She loves to spend the day snoozing on the sofa but always dances when her owners come home.

Julia Chalkley

Photo of Julia for Swifty    website.jpg

Whilst living in Paris a few years ago Julia Chalkley  (she and Marilyn are cousins)  heard Zarafa’s story discussed on French radio and determined then and there to retell the tale for an English-speaking audience.  Finding the perfect illustrator was the challenge but Jane Ostler ‘s beautiful drawings and watercolours on every page mean this fine, thread-sewn book appeals to young and old alike. 

Swifty & Zarafa
Jane Ostler


Jane Ostler is a painter and illustrator from the U.K.  She and her husband Paul dote on two Serengeti cats, Winnie and Teddy. She hopes that you have enjoyed both these books and by doing so, have helped dogs like Swifty and giraffes like Zarafa find a new and happy home. 


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