Joy Rhoades - The Woolgrower’s Companion - Thursday 30th March

To be launched by Nikki Christer 

‘A heart-breaking tale beautifully told . . . This compelling story of war and love, of family and prejudice, is magical.’ Kathryn Stockett, Author of The Help

The Woolgrower’s Companion is the gripping love story of one woman’s fight to save her home and a passionate tribute to Australia’s landscape and its peoples. Inspired by the era of Joy Rhoades’ grandmother and set in 1945 on a drought-stricken sheep farm in the rural outback, this stunning debut novel captures a panorama evocative of the author’s childhood. Joy’s grandmother, a fifth generation grazier in Northern NSW, 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, the circumstances of Aboriginal people, and the strict social codes in place during her girlhood, conjured a sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrible place.

Joy will discuss her journey in researching and writing the book, and the shaping of the narrative by her research. 

Lawyer-turned-writer, Joy teaches creative writing workshops for local libraries in London, and is a graduate of the Creative Writing Master’s programme at the New School University in New York, as well as the University of QLD.  BUY THE BOOK 

The launch of 'The Woolgrower's Companion' is preceded by a creative writing workshop conducted by Joy Rhoades. More details and bookings for the workshop here.



Date and time: Thursday 30th March, 6pm for 6:30pm

Please RSVP here or phone 02 9660 2333

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