Tuesday Book Club With Andrew Pople: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham
Rosalie Ham, acclaimed author of “The Dressmaker” is returning to country Australia in her fourth novel: “The Year of the Farmer”, a timely tome about farmers battling water restrictions.
Ham’s intimate knowledge of our outback and the dual blessings and curses that the weather can provide is portrayed beautifully – even the most cosmopolitan reader is able to sympathise with the characters’ struggle.
Tess and Andrew discuss these circumstances as a backdrop to the protagonist’s struggle – Neralie Mackintosh, a city-bound daughter of the small community has returned to run the pub and do battle with the contemptible Mandy Bishop to reclaim her social standing.
Darkly funny and dramatic, “The Year of the Farmer” is out now.