The Woolgrower's Companion

by Joy Rhoades | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0143782134 Global Overview for this book
Registered by xtrdnry of Parkdale, Victoria Australia on 9/20/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by xtrdnry from Parkdale, Victoria Australia on Thursday, September 20, 2018
Kate Dowd’s mother raised her to be a lady but she must put away her white gloves and pearls to help save her family’s sheep farm in New South Wales.

It is 1945, the war drags bitterly on and it feels like the rains will never come again. All the local, able-bodied young men, including the husband Kate barely knows, have enlisted and Kate’s father is struggling with his debts and his wounds from the Great War. He borrows recklessly from the bank and enlists two Italian prisoners of war to live and work on the station.

With their own scars and their defiance, the POWs Luca and Vittorio offer an apparent threat to Kate and Daisy, the family’s young Aboriginal maid. But danger comes from surprising corners and Kate finds herself more drawn to Luca than afraid of him.

Scorned bank managers, snobbish neighbours and distant husbands expect Kate to fail and give up her home but over the course of a dry, desperate year she finds within herself reserves of strength and rebellion that she could never have expected.

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.

Journal Entry 2 by xtrdnry at SI Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, November 02, 2018

Released 4 mos ago (11/2/2018 UTC) at SI Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia


Left on the little bookshelf in the front window.

Journal Entry 3 by monamore at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Unsatisfied. Hope there is a sequel.

Journal Entry 4 by monamore at SI Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Released 3 mos ago (12/7/2018 UTC) at SI Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia


leaves you with a vivid impression of the lot of Aussie farmers and the changes that have happened in the treatment of aboriginals in the last 60 years.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Sunday, February 03, 2019
Caught at SI in Templestowe.

Journal Entry 6 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Saturday, February 09, 2019
Often the best stories, especially in the historical fiction genre, are those drawn from real life experiences, this is certainly the case with this novel. It is drawn from the first hand experiences of the author’s grandmother, who lived on an agricultural property in outback Australia during the Second World War. The story is carefully composed and rich in authenticity and honesty.
Well worth reading.

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