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Better Read Than Dead
265 King Street
Some of Joy Rhoades’ favourite memories are of visiting her grandmother’s sheep farm on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Joy’s grandmother was a fifth generation grazier in Northern NSW. She spent much of her life on her family’s sheep property, including throughout the Second World War, when Italian prisoners of war were assigned there.
Her recollections of life on the land, the impact of the war and drought on the district, and the strict social codes in place during her girlhood, conjured a sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrible place. While this is not her story, it is inspired by her and her era.
In her stunningly evocative debut novel, Joy felt compelled to capture this strong sense of her childhood: the people, the history, the light and the landscape.
The Woolgrower’s Companion is the gripping story of one woman’s fight against all odds, and a sweeping tribute to Australia’s landscape and its peoples, set over ten tumultuous months in 1945.
Join Joy for a high tea of scones, sweets, sandwiches and champagne as we discuss her debut novel!
Cost: $15 Includes high tea of scones, sweets, sandwiches and champagne!