Extraordinary stories from Australian women who have moved to the country to forge new lives. From the best-selling author of Women of the Land.
‘I’m sitting down to write the opening lines of this book a year to the day since my mum died. She is constantly in my thoughts, not just because I miss her terribly but because she was the inspiration for this collection of stories about women who have come from very different places to make new lives in rural Australia.’
City Girl, Country Girl brings together the stories of women who have left lives in the city or other countries to build new futures in places where knowing how to milk a cow or drive a tractor stands them in far better stead than an ability to negotiate rush-hour traffic or find a good cappuccino. It ranges in scope from the classic outback story of Sarah Durack in the late 1800s to the author’s own mother’s experiences of swapping wartime Melbourne for a dairy farm on the Limestone Coast to the present day.
City Girl, Country Girl is a compelling and fascinating account of these women’s journeys as they struggle through personal tragedy, hardship and self-doubt with grace, humour, perseverance and more than a little hard work.