July 2nd: Joy Rhoades on her novel ‘The Woolgrower’s Companion’

Join author Joy Rhoades as she talks about her engaging novel The Woolgrower’s Companion as part of Hungerford Arts Festival

Set in Australia in 1945 this is the gripping story of one woman’s fight to save her home, and a passionate tribute to Australia’s landscape and its people. Bittersweet and inspired in part by her own grandmother’s experiences on a farm during WW2, this book makes a great summer read – why not bring along your book group?

“A heartbreaking tale, beautifully told. Magical” Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

Joy says:

“The idea for The Woolgrower’s Companion came to me out of the times and experiences of my grandmother on my father’s side. She spent much of her life on her family’s sheep property in rural New South Wales, 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 the Aboriginal people, and the strict social codes in place during her girlhood, evoked a sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrible place, which I wanted to capture on the page. Apart from obvious historical events, though, The Woolgrower’s Companion is fiction.”

Monday, 2nd July 7:30 at Hungerford Library.

Tickets are £6 from the bookshop, or via Hungerford Arts Festival website here