The Year of the Farmer

The Year of the Farmer

eBook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: [Sydney] : Picador Australia, 2018.
ISBN: 9781760782696

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Dec 29, 2018

I wasn’t overly impressed with this book. Certainly it has some charm as a quintessential Australian story about rural folk doing it tough in drought conditions and battling the politicians and bureaucrats in the process, but I felt the characters were rather cliched and superficial and I didn’t really feel for any of them. Then there were the endless, complicated details about water allocations. The book really needed an appendix explaining these matters. Finally, there was the somewhat rushed and unconvincing ending where all the loose threads were tied up in just a couple of pages. All up, not a very engaging or satisfying read.

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