You are warmly invited to . . .
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club
Sunday 25th June 1978, 10 o'clock
RSVP to Sybil Baxter - ask the operator for 'Fairvale'
'Brimming with atmosphere and warmth' Jenny Ashcroft, author of Island in the East
'An absolute gem of a novel' Better Reading Australia
In 1978 in Australia's Northern Territory, life is hard and people are isolated. Telephones are not yet a common fixture. But five women find a way to connect.
Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction, while Kate, Sybil's daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.
Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.
Rita, Sybil's oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
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. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.
Books bring them together - but friendship will change their lives. Perfect for lovers of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Little Paris Bookshop.
'A sweet tale, and wonderfully atmospheric' Sunday Mirror
'A warm hearted, generous book . . . it was a pleasure and sometimes a comfort to come back to the characters each night' Virginia McGregor, author of Before I Was Yours
'Heartwarming and fulfilling' Australian Women's Weekly
Brimming with atmosphere and warmth, this gorgeous book completely carried me away. I absolutely loved it — Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky
Heartwarming and fulfilling — Australian Women's Weekly
An absolute gem of a novel, with the most evocative sense of place . . . A definite treat for any book club — Better Reading Australia
From the opening words I was transported to this beautiful, exotic landscape and the people who inhabit this place of blood-red soil and sapphire skies . . . I was right there with them until the very last page — Sue Watson
A sweet tale, and wonderfully atmospheric — Sunday Mirror
Heart-warming . . . the perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in — Hello