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Offsite Event: Joy Rhoades 'The Burnt Country'

  • Gungahlin Library Cnr Hibberson and Gozzard Street Gungahlin, NSW, 2912 Australia (map)

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'.

About The Burnt Country

A scandalous secret. A deadly fire. An agonising 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 . . .

As places are limited, bookings are essential. Contract your local branch library or phone (02) 6205 9000 or book online HERE.