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Author talk: Joy Rhoades "The Burnt Country" (Adult 16+) (Gungahlin Library...

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Cnr Hibberson and Gozzard St

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This program is suitable for adults aged 16+

All programs are free. Bookings are essential.

Join author Joy Rhoades as she discusses her new novel "The Burnt Country" - an enthralling story of integrity, resilience and resistance.

The stunning new novel from the author of The Woolgrower's Companion, whom the Australian Women's Weekly described as ‘a wonderful new voice in literary rural fiction'.

A scandalous secret. A deadly fire. An agonizing choice.

Australia 1948. As a young woman running Amiens, a sizeable sheep station in New South Wales, Kate Dowd knows she’s expected to fail. And her grazier neighbour is doing his best to ensure she does, attacking her method of burning off to repel a bushfire.

But fire risk is just one of her problems. Kate cannot lose Amiens, or give in to her estranged husband Jack’s demands to sell: the farm is her livelihood and the only protection she can offer her half-sister Pearl, as the Aborigines Welfare Board threatens to take her away.

Ostracised by the local community for even acknowledging Pearl, Kate cannot risk another scandal. Which means turning her back on her wartime lover, Luca Canali . . .

Then Jack drops a bombshell. He wants a divorce. He’ll protect what’s left of Kate’s reputation, and keep Luca out of it – but for an extortionate price.

Soon Kate is putting out fires on all fronts to save her farm, keep her family together and protect the man she loves. Then a catastrophic real fire threatens everything . . .

Joy will be signing books after the event. Books will be availabe for purchase from Book Face Gungahlin.

Please note:

  • Bookings are essential.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow time to check in; this assists the program to run on schedule.
  • Places are limited to ensure the best possible experience. If you can't attend please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to someone else.


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