Angela Wales - Barefoot in the Bindis - Friday 5th April

To be launched by Tony Llewellyn-Jones

A circle of pine trees, a sagging wire fence, a roof that had been painted red.
“There it is,” said Dad.

Scottish born Robert Wales sailed into Sydney Harbour during WWII, and knew he wanted to stay. But a wife and five young kids later, he was choking in the city and doctors prescribed fresh country air. In 1953, with no experience and only knowledge he’d picked up from a few books, he uprooted his family and set out to establish a sheep farm in the bush.
When they arrive on a lonely hill in northern New South Wales, they have no electricity, no running water, no telephone and no choice but to make this their home. From Angela Wales, eldest of the five kids, comes this extraordinarily vivid and evocative account of the next ten years as they try to tame six thousand acres of bush and navigate the challenges of country life. Filled with drama and hilarity, joy and back-breaking toil, Barefoot in the Bindis portrays a childhood spent in the outback, and is a sensational picture of Australia past.

Angela Wales grew up the oldest of five children in Walcha NSW. After the family’s move to Sydney she attended the University of Sydney, graduating in English and classics. She was executive director of the Australian Writers Guild for 10 years, after which she moved to the US and became Executive Director of the Writers Guild Foundation (the educational and charitable arm of the Writers Guild of America West) in Los Angeles. She returned to Australia in late 2013 to help take care of her elderly mother. Barefoot in the Bindis is her first book.
 
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Date and time: Friday 5th April, 6pm for 6.30pm

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