The Woolgrower's Companion (Hardback)
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The Woolgrower's Companion (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 08/06/2017
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Australia 1945. Until now Kate Dowd has led a sheltered life on Amiens, her family's sprawling sheep station in northern New South Wales. The horrors of war have for the most part left her untouched. But with her father succumbing to wounds he's borne since the Great War, the management of the farm is increasingly falling on Kate's shoulders. With only the sheep-rearing book The Woolgrower's Companion to guide her, Kate rises to the challenge. However the arrival of two Italian POW labourers unsettles not only the other workers, but Kate too -- especially when she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Luca Canali. Then she receives devastating news. The farm is near bankrupt and the bank is set to repossess. Given just eight weeks to pay the debt, Kate is now in a race to save everything she holds dear. The Woolgrower's Companion is the gripping story of one woman's fight to save her home and a passionate tribute to Australia's landscape and its people. `A heartbreaking tale, beautifully told. Magical.' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784741341
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 37 mm


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"I love The Woolgrower's Companion, a heart-breaking tale beautifully told. This compelling story of war and love, of family and prejudice is magical and its characters and place are so deeply evocative, I can't wait to read it again" * Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of The Help *
"Over the course of one year, Kate finds a strength and defiance she never knew she had in this fascinating debut novel" * Red Magazine *
"A story of survival and forbidden love, this hooks you in from the atmospheric first pages, and will have you rooting for the feisty heroine" * Sunday Mirror *
"A heart-breaking love story from a great new voice" -- Sue Price * Saga *
"A novel about endurance and a stubborn will to survive, it is written with passion and intensity that is hugely attractive" -- Elizabeth Buchan
"This sweeping epic set in rural New South Wales is about love, family and testing your mettle -- and it's compulsively readable. Just the thing for those lazy summer days" * Marie Claire Australia *
"Be immersed in the harsh, rugged romance of the Aussie bush, thanks to a wonderful new voice in literary rural fiction" * Australian Women's Weekly *
"An easy-to-read tale of Australian rural life and family drama ... Rhoades paints a vivid picture of the Australian bush, the strict social code, snobbery and racism" -- Sue Barraclough * Irish News *
"A moving story ... While the subject matter of drought, mental illness, war and a battle with finances sounds like a tough read, The Woolgrower's Companion is anything but. Author Joy Rhoades is a skilful writer who draws readers in with a story that twists and turns" * Melbourne Weekly Times *
"The descriptions of life on a 1940s Australian sheep station are authentic, as are all the characters that inhabit this often confronting landscape... Its honesty and truth shine through on every page, and it deserves the highest recommendation" * Historical Novels Review *

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Whispering Stories

“I enjoyed every minute of it”

New South Wales, Australia, 1945, Kate Dowd lives on a sheep farm with her father Ralph Stimson and aborigine housekeeper, fourteen-year-old Daisy. Her husband Jack is off fighting in the Second World War.

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“Wonderful literary historical fiction”

For fans of literary historical fiction, I cannot recommend this book enough. The research is meticulous but interwoven with the story elegantly and with so much heart. I feel I have a complete new understanding of... More

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