***THE TOP TEN AUSTRALIAN BESTSELLER***
'The perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in' Hello
'The story of these resilient women is tender and intimate . . . As heartwarming, fulfilling and Australian as a lamb roast and full-bodied shiraz' Australian Women's Weekly
LONGLISTED FOR THE INDIE BOOK AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS 2018: General Fiction Book of the Year and
LONGLISTED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS 2018: Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year
Books bring them together - but friendship will transform all of their lives. An epic saga of five very different women who come together in the Northern Territory of the 1970s.
In 1978 the Northern Territory has begun to self-govern. Cyclone Tracy is a recent memory and telephones not yet a fixture on the cattle stations dominating the rugged outback. Life is hard and people are isolated. But they find ways to connect.
Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, run by her husband, Joe, misses her eldest son, Lachlan. It is up to their second son, Ben, to take his brother's place, while Kate, Sybil's English daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.
Rita, Sybil's oldest friend, is now living in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town of Katherine where she lives with her difficult husband.
And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.
Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she starts a book club.
If you loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and The Little Paris Bookshop, you will devour this story of five different women united by one need: to overcome the vast distances of Australia's Top End with friendship, tears, laughter, books and love.
'An absolute gem of a novel, with the most evocative sense of place . . . A definite treat for any book club' BETTER READING
'This close-knit Australian saga has rightly earned comparisons to THE THORN BIRDS' iBOOKS EDITOR
'A delightful novel... Sophie Green's beautiful mingling of the book club members' lives down through the years is a testament to her clever storytelling... She provides vivid descriptions of both the triumphs and hardships of life in the outback so readers can empathise with all the joys and heartaches experienced by each one' STARTS AT SIXTY
**Includes bonus extract from Sophie's heartwarming new novel Thursdays at Orange Blossom House**