The Year Of The Farmer

The Year Of The Farmer by Rosalie Ham
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9781760558901
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Pages
336
Dimensions
153 x 234mm
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In a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, war is brewing.

The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it's all Neralie Mackintosh's fault. If she'd never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who now lords it over everyone as if she owns the place.

So, now that Neralie has returned to run the local pub, the whole town is determined to reinstate her to her rightful position in the social order. But Mandy Bishop has other ideas. Meanwhile the head of the local water board - Glenys 'Gravedigger' Dingle - is looking for a way to line her pockets at the expense of hardworking farmers already up to their eyes in debt. And Mandy and Neralie's war may be just the chance she was looking for...

A darkly satirical novel of a small country town battling the elements and one another, from the bestselling author of The Dressmaker.
ISBN:
9781760558901
Publication Date:
25 / 09 / 2018
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm
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If you adored past works by Rosalie Ham, get ready for something out of left field. While she stays true to her Australian roots, The Year of the Farmer really taps into current issues facing rural living with her tradmake black humor. And if you love the anticipation of hating a worth while villan, then you'll adore the much deserved ending to this book - Tiffany (QBD)
, 04/10/2018
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Have you read 'The Dressmaker'? Do you love some classic Australian drama? How about a hearty chuckle? If you answered 'Strewth!' to any of the above then you'll love Rosaline Ham's latest dramatical satire. 'The Year of the Farmer' Follows the happenings of a quirky country town and it's grab bag of greedy, prideful and envious residents who are all out for themselves. This one is unmissable! - Samuel (QBD)
, 03/10/2018
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Rosalie Ham has once again embodied an outback Australian town and the personalities you would expect to find there. This novel has everything readers loved in The Dressmaker. Such a fitting tale at a time when so much of Australia is stricken with one of the worst droughts this country has seen. This book will make you laugh and cry and will leave wanting more. - Adriana (QBD)
, 03/10/2018
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A very typical read from Rosalie Ham, we are once again drawn into the lives of the people living in a remote town - drama, despair, secrets, and lies! Everyone is out for themselves, but who will triumph? - Andree (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Fans of The Dressmaker will be captured by Rosalie Ham’s new book The Year of The Farmer.In a rural community in NSW it tells a story of love, corruption, justice, death and small town secrets. It is a timely insight into the plight of our famers who live off the land. Rosalie bringis to us, an understanding of the harsh reality that a "city dweller" is oblivious to! - Leisha (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Rosalie Ham's new story brings to life the struggle that is facing our Farmers on the East Coast currently. Writing honestly about the daily lives of those trying to make ends meet surviving in a drought stricken country town. Secrets, lies and small town minds. - David (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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The opening chapters set up what promises to be a big story in a small town. Rosalie sets the scene of what conditions are like in this town, as she paints you a picture of a dry and tough land. Will it continue that way? Or will it be the farmers year? - Kylie (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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The Year of the Farmer throws you straight into a dry and dusty outback town, struggling in the grip of a severe drought, yet there is a dark sense of humour to this tale – where quirky and kooky characters are plenty. Fans of The Dressmaker will fall straight back into Rosalie Ham's powerful and witty style. - Danielle (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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This is a timely Australian drama, set in a country town in New South Wales. I have only read a couple of chapters so far, but I am already engrossed in the lives of all involved. - Jacqueline (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Once again Rosalie Ham has painted the picture of rain thirsty country New South Wales. Her characters are rich, wild and oddly loveable. Watch out for Mandy! She is a real piece of work. This book is small town drama at it's finest with a few donkeys thrown in for good measure. - Chaille (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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This isn't something tha I normally read, but something caught my eye about the book. This funny, but heartbreaking novel captures country Australia in such a way that I'm wisked away. It's a family drama meets crime meets romance. It's got somethihng for everyone that enjoys something excited. - Angelique (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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From the number one bestselling author of the Dressmaker comes a new tale of a small country town battling the elements and one another. A darkly satirical novel that weaves unsentimental prose with a cast of memorably eccentric characters.Rosalie Hams rural upbringing serves her well in this dark comedy about all out relational war, that will no doubt have Hollywood at her door once again. - Mark (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Rosalie Ham is one author that knows how to bring humour into some dark situation, wiith characters you will both adore and extremely despise. In times where we are all gunning for the farming community The year of the Farmer is a book that that gives a huge insight into some of the drama that goes on outback! - Lacey (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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The Year of the Farmer gives us an insightful look into the struggles of living on the land during drought, the complex social rivalries of small town life, made harder by the unscrupulous villian, trying to line their own pockets at the expense of those already doing it tough. If you enjoyed 'The Dressmaker' then you will love this book. - Renata (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Don't get on the wrong side of this town! They have vermin control on their minds... Their Golden Boy, Mitch, needs some help dealing with problems in his life and his town will do anything to help! Darkly humourous and satirical, it reflects life in a small irrigation farming community where the Water Authority think its God. If you loved The Dressmaker try this next. - Susan (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Rosalie Ham really made her mark with the successful The Dressmaker. With The Year of the Farmer, she has returned to that style of setting in rural Australia with a complicated individual who has her own clear ideas of what her social position should be now she has returned to town to run the local pub. With Riverglen, Ham has captured some of the jealousies and power plays that can occur in a small-town setting. At the same time she has also carefully depicted the problems of a drought and potentially crippling social effects this can have. Fans of her earlier work will also enjoy this one. - Ross (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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The Year Of The Farmer is set in an isolated town in the middle of a drought. It's dramatic characters are at war with the elements and with each other. With loyalty and love, community and corruption, water and farming featured, this novel depicts the small town country life in all its awful glory. - Simone (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Set in an Australian country town, this novel brings to life the realistic and pragmatic circumstances of the people who live in these rural, farming areas. By obscuring the line between tragedy and comedy, Rosalie achieves what all reader's desire, the truth told with a sense humour. You will love every chapter and understand all the characters she has created, because they are real. 4/5 stars! - Samantha (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Rosalie Hamm's new book 'The Year of the Farmer' stands above the rest of her books as her finest work to date. Finally somebody has written a novel in which the characters that live rural lifestyles are people to be appreciated, rather than complete simpletons! Her proficiency in narrative story-telling will keep you guessing without using unrealistic twists and turns. Above all, she uses stylistic writing choices that will leave you experiencing time more slowly, colours will seem more vibrant and you'll come out of this book cherishing life with new eyes. Bravo Rosalie Hamm, another masterpiece! - Elliott (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Rosalie Ham, author of the dressmaker strikes again with another fantastic read! Rosalie describes in vivid detail the turmoil of small town communities and the struggles that ensue when drought has ravished the land for an unimaginable amount of time.This novel gives us an insight into life for our everyday farmers, binding plots, completely brutal honesty will keep any reader entertained. - Karen (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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A dry, arid, dusty country setting - as dry and dark as the humour and satire Rosalie Ham uses to bring this small country town, with it's drama of droughk, wild dogs and twisted lives, to life. A great Australian read! - Elizabeth (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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How do you become rich in the outback? These two girls have the right idea and determined to make it happen, but the thing is that they are on eachothers wrong side. Who will make more? What will it cost when these two but heads? Who will win the profit war? - Joseph (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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The Year Of the Farmer is a classic tale, full of great aussie humour and a story that will bring a smile to your face. This is a beautiful story set in a familiar territory set in the Australian outback. If you’re a fan of Di Morrissey and Judy Nunn, then this is the book for you. Full of drama and a touch of romance, Year of the Farmer will be a book you don’t want to put down. - Taylah (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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If Desperate Housewives and Macleod's daughters had had an illegitimate love child this would be it. A far cry from my prefererred style of literature, The Year of the Farmer truly encapsulates the rugged life of drought stricken ruralites and the hardy nature of Australia's denizens of the dust. If you enjoy knowing even true Aussie Battlers have time for a juicy love triangle this is for you. - Michael (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Rosalie Ham gives insight into what would be a difficult life as a farmer in Australia. Set in a small country town this novel shows us the hardships and perils farmers across the nation face. Drought not only affects the land, but also the animals, relationships and livelihoods. Add secrets and hidden agendas from people in the town as well as government forces and you have an intriguing story. - Barbara (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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I started reading The Year of the Farmer on a dreary Friday morning, trying to keep my book balanced as I sped to work on a crowded city-bound train. Instead of the usual yawns and jostling expected on a morning commute, Rosalie Ham’s writing quickly transported to a tiny, drought-stricken town in rural NSW. Year of the Farmer was funny and snarky, with a fantastic array of characters and a vivid. - Lindsay (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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Once again Rosalie Ham captivates audiences with her new book Year Of The Farmer. The brittle and harsh atmosphere only adds to the readers need to experience the good and the bad of rural life in Australia. Fantastic choice for those who like to be submersed in character development and beautiful scenery. - Christine (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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I loved The Dressmaker, so when I heard there was a new Rosalie Ham book, I couldn't wait to read it! Such compulsive reading, be prepared to stay up late. Deliciously dark - Alexandra (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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A dark comedy drama that delves into the social hierarchy of our hardest working land owners. Fun and dark at the same time - a littlle wiff of Aussie classic "The Castle" - Belinda (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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This is a book that I wouldn't normally pick up but I actually quite enjoyed it! The residents of a tiny country town, majority of which are farmers & are at war against the unsympathetic & corrupt water board. The Year Of The Farmer captures the heart of a issue that many country residents can relate to at the moment, drought. Even though it deals with a big issue at the moment it also has some funny parts to it. - Wade (QBD)
, 02/10/2018
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If you love Aussie fiction, then this is the book for you! It is a very rich story written in Ham's distinctive style. It really takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The most interesting one is the drama of the corrupt application of government water allocations and policy during a drought. It seems everyone has their secrets. - Jessica (QBD)
, 01/10/2018
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With a petty queen bee calling the social shots, a corrupt Water Council siphoning off precious litres and a seemingly unending drought, no one could have guessed that it would be Neralie's homecoming that would finally blow the lid off this small town. Rosalie Ham has delivered another unmissable read to match her debut novel "The Dressmaker" filled to the brim with black comedy and biting satire - Jack (QBD)
, 01/10/2018
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From the author of the Dressmaker comes Roaslie Ham's latest novel, the Year of the Farmer. A twist of events shows the hardship of living with the land. Even though this book is fictional this book shows issues that the farmers are going through at this current moment in time, not just from the laws of nature but the government with their self serving interests. - Abbey (QBD)
, 01/10/2018
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Neralie Macintosh escaped the drought stricken town she grew up in. She left her job and the man she loved behind and travelled the world. In her absence her nemesis Bicycle Mandy swooped in and replaced her in her job and her mans life.... But Mandy has never fitted in to society and now that Neralie is back its time to set things back to the way they should be. - Belinda (QBD)
, 01/10/2018
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The Year of the Farmer is an un-put-downable contemporary Australian read: a story that deals with the harsh realities of country life during drought, but told with Rosalie Ham's trademark snappy humour. It is both hilarious and cutting – an addictive combination! - Meagan (QBD)
, 01/10/2018
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"The Year of the Farmer" is a distinctly Australian story, full of rich, relatable characters and peppered with laugh out loud moments. Set in a small farming community desperate from drought, it pits Mandy, the town busybody who managed to marry Mitch - the only eligible bachelor around- against a cast of quirky community members. As the drought drags on and the tension in the town rises, there is a glimmer of hope when the only hotel in town is set to reopen. The return to town of Mitch's first love to manage it, together with the underhanded dealings by the local councillor with the farmers' water allocations, and the amorous intentions of the town's postman towards Mandy set the scene for a delightful, if dusty, small town drama. If you enjoyed "The Dressmaker" you will love this. - Fiona (QBD)
, 01/10/2018
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Rosalie Ham again struck me with her iconic wit. This comically written satirical drama is funny from beginning to end, a gripping read. Set in regional Australia this novel is dry in more ways than one. In similar vein to 'the dressmaker' however refreshing and new with twists and gags to have you chuckling with bated breath late into the night. I would definitely recommend this novel. - Owen (QBD)
, 01/10/2018
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Dark and wonderful The Year of the Farmer will have you laughing out loud as you get to know the residents of country New South Wales. Lovers of The Dressmaker will appreicate Ham's signature satire and have fun with this book. - Jordanna (QBD)
, 30/09/2018
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Life in rural Australia is unique. Rosalie Ham has managed to get the right mix of small town politics, heavy doses of Australian satirical humor and the realism of unavoidable challenges that rural communities face in her latest novel "The Year of the Farmer". When I was not laughing at the antics of the relatable characters I was crying alongside them. You'll cheer for Neralie and despair at her - Kimberley (QBD)
, 30/09/2018
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A riveting novel about the return of Neralie to her hometown where she quickly learns her nemesis Mandy has taken both her ex-boyfriend and her position in the town's heirarchy and Mandy is hell-bent on keeping it that way. A story that makes you root for the relatable protagonist and laugh at the quirks of small rural Australian culture. - Majella (QBD)
, 30/09/2018
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The Year of the Farmer is based in a small Australian farming town about the people who live there.It's main character Neralie left the town and has finally come back. It has lots of humor which breaks up the serious parts of the novel. It runs along the lines of her other book The Dressmaker, so if you like that book then you will love The Year of the farmer. Definitely a great read and funny. - Fabiola (QBD)
, 30/09/2018
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The Year of the Farmer is a touching drama set against the machinations of a small Aussie town. As Ham delves into ideas of isolation, free-will, and consequence, I found myself laughing, and laughing, and crying. Ham's latest book is full of poignant truths, and brimming with the bittersweet tang of Australian Summer. Every bit as good as The Dressmaker! - Melanie (QBD)
, 30/09/2018
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In the style of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham is back with another stunning story. The Year of the Farmer will have you laughing and bawling. It is a tale of fitting in and battling through whatever is thrown your way. Pick this book up and be immersed in the true essence of Australia. This satirical novel about a small town's myriad of struggles will have you gripped and in awe of Ham's writing. - Annie (QBD)
, 30/09/2018
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Somewhere in drought-stricken country New South Wales, Neralie Mackintosh has returned to town, and Mandy is not happy about it. But what happens to a town when they must survive the drought and each other? This book is if Jane Harper's setting trapped Liane Moriarty's characters in a battle of protecting the social order and trying to survive a drought while a water board tries to take their $$. - Emily (QBD)
, 30/09/2018
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Rosalie Ham has assembled a quirky cast in this unusual snapshot of small town Australia. Set against a backdrop of record drought are two women that have the whole town tied up in knots. One for being the outcast and the other for being the golden girl. Both are vying for the attention of one man - broke and depressed Mitch Bishop. If you loved The Dressmaker you will love this latest one too - Gillian (QBD)
, 29/09/2018
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An explosive showdown in a small NSW town which Mitch finds himself in the middle of a drought where the weather just wont give in, an unhappy marriage where she's not going to leave, and where certain people are linning their pockets with water that he's paying for. Somethings goining to give as an old flame comes back to town. Just like the Dressmaker this book has lots of twists and turns. - Karen (QBD)
, 29/09/2018
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I've never read any Rosalie Ham books, and I have to say that the Year of the Farmer was unlike any book I've ever experienced. The drama created by the characters' conflicting personalities is extremely unique. The book's joyful, devastating and ambitious moments captures the essnce of life perfectly. Ham has wonderfully portrayed country life, right down to conveying its dryness on every page. - Stephanie (QBD)
, 29/09/2018
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A great read exploring the themes of fitting in, isoation, free will, consequnces of your decisions and the affect of other's decisions on you. Perfect for anyone who loved The Dressmaker, it's filled with satirical humour and Rosalie Ham's distinctive style that will take you on a rollercoaster full of laughter and tears. - Stephanie (QBD)
, 29/09/2018
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If you are into small country town dramas, romance, women at war and tragic comedies then you will love Rosalie Ham's newest novel. Satire at its best and just as good if not better than Ham's previous work, The Dressmaker. - Charelle (QBD)
, 29/09/2018
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If you like country drama, you're going to love this. Written by the author of the Dressmaker, this book has more drama and less thriller. - Fiona (QBD)
, 29/09/2018
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A gripping read that is relevant to the strugles of drought faced by Australian farmers and graziers. Regardless of the drought, the cycle of life still goes on and as is life there is always a twist... The Year Of The Farmer is a powerful tale of love and life facing the challenges life has to offer with integrity and courage. This is a definite must read. - Britney (QBD)
, 29/09/2018
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A small Australian country battling to survive. Neighbour vs neighbour. Rosalie Ham's novel follows on from the great success of The Dressmaker and provides a very dark and funny look at small town life. - Julie (QBD)
, 28/09/2018
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Rosalie Ham delivers another brilliantly crafted slow burning read. The story follows some cleverly written characters in a small country town that's trying to live through drought. It also follows the complexities of water irrigation, the Water Board Authority and their corrupt attempt to control communities. Throw in a quiet love story and the comeuppance of the story's villian and you win! - Carla (QBD)
, 27/09/2018
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Rosalie Ham has done it again! The Year of the Farmer is every bit as good as The Dressmaker. Another wonderfully written drama with equal parts heart, and humour as dry as the town this book is based in. A definite must read for anyone who's ever lived in a country town, this book will transport you straight home. - Cassie (QBD)
, 27/09/2018
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When I read the back and saw this book was about outback NSW in drought, I thought it would be depressing, especially in our current climate. Instead, Rosalie Ham writes a laugh out loud book with all the eccentricities of small town life. - Karina (QBD)
, 27/09/2018
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The Year of the Farmer is a darkly satirical novel about a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, where a war is brewing. When Neralie returns home to find Mandy Bishop in her old job, and with her ex boyfriend, the whole town is determined to help reinstate her to her rightful position in the social order. However Mandy Bishop has other ideas and a war soon erupts between them. - Mark (QBD)
, 25/09/2018
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Rosalie Ham returns in a black comedy about a town at odds against each other and the harsh Australian climate. As in The Dressmaker, the story brims with interesting characters; some loveable in their sarcasm and others hated for their vengefulness. Humorous and often bleak, this tale of a town in crisis is and enjoyable read from a much loved author. - Nola (QBD)
, 24/09/2018
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Against the backdrop of a thirsty small town in Australia, Rosalie Ham creates a novel absolutely dripping in satire. Mitch doesn't know how to get out of a bad situation, the Water Authority are playing dirty, and Mandy WILL keep her husband, thank you very much. With so many players involved in a town-wide war, the reader finds themselves eagerly turning each page to see what will happen next. - Rosie (QBD)
, 22/09/2018
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The Year Of The Farmer is unlike anything I've ever read before. Not only is its context relevant for farming communities today, but its balance of comedy and crime makes it perfect for those who enjoyed The Dressmaker or The Dry but are looking for something a little bit different. Rosalie Ham is a brilliant author, and this book is just as impressive as her previous works. - Holly (QBD)
, 20/09/2018
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The first part of this novel reminded me of Love Actually. There wasn't a main character, but many interesting individuals. Their own stories are excellently interwoven into the common theme in the book. As the novel develops, we learn how hard it is to be a farmer, especially when they have to battle bureaucracy over a valuable asset such as water. Good read but the ending left you wanting more. - Peter (QBD)
, 19/09/2018
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The year of the farmer by rosalie ham is a excellent read about a small outback town and its characters Mitch the farmer, his wife Mandy. And the new pub opener Neralie, Who happens to be the ex love of Mitch. The drama between Mandy and Neralie plays out whilst the local townspeople struggle with the local water authority. Overall a enjoyable novel worth reading. - Louise (QBD)
, 19/09/2018
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The author of The Dressmaker returns with another sure-fire classic, that you are SURE to love just as much as I did. Set in a small rural NSW town full of secrets, the town is rocked when Neralie McIntosh returns back to town and takes over the pub determined to reclaim what is rightfully hers. What follows is a dark, harrowing tale of the impact of love, war and heartarche on the people- and animals- living, working and surviving in the outback. Being a huge fan of Rosalie Ham's books, I couldn't wait to read this one - and boy was I not disappointed! When I received my copy, I cancelled all my weekend plans (sorry, friends and family!) and just read this all weekend. It was completely immersing, unputdownable and one of the BEST books I've read this year. Do yourself a favour, and pick up a copy of 'The Year of the Farmer' and treat yourself to one of the best books of 2018. 5/5 stars.
, 01/09/2018
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The author of The Dressmaker returns with another sure-fire classic, that you are SURE to love just as much as I did. Set in a small rural NSW town full of secrets, the town is rocked when Neralie McIntosh returns back to town and takes over the pub determined to reclaim what is rightfully hers. What follows is a dark, harrowing tale of the impact of love, war and heartarche on the people- and animals- living, working and surviving in the outback. Being a huge fan of Rosalie Ham's books, I couldn't wait to read this one - and boy was I not disappointed! When I received my copy, I cancelled all my weekend plans (sorry, friends and family!) and just read this all weekend. It was completely immersing, unputdownable and one of the BEST books I've read this year. Do yourself a favour, and pick up a copy of 'The Year of the Farmer' and treat yourself to one of the best books of 2018. 5/5 stars. - Emily (QBD)
, 01/09/2018
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Rosalie Ham's new offering demonstrates the pitfalls and heartaches of small town rural life in drought stricken Australia. When Neralie comes back to the town she grew up in, everyone is happy except Mandy, the now wife of Neralie's ex, Mitch, a sheep-and-wheat farmer at risk of losing everything. Wry and honest, this book is an accurate look at farming life and at human nature in general. - Shannon (QBD)
, 20/08/2018

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