What happens when you leave city life and move to five acres on a hunch, with a husband who’s an aspiring alpaca-whisperer, and a feral cockerel for company? Can you eat the cockerel for dinner? Or has it got rigor mortis?
In search of a good life and a slower pace, Fiona Stocker upped sticks to Tasmania, a land of promise, wilderness, and family homes of uncertain build quality. It was the lifestyle change that many dream of and most are too sensible to attempt.
This charming tale captures the tussles and euphoria of life on the land in a place of untrammelled beauty, and seeing your husband in a whole new light. Wife, mother and now reluctant alpaca owner, Fiona is a modern-day adventurer in alternative living. What she has written is an everywoman’s story, and a paean to a new, slower age.
“Apple Island Wife is both heart-warming and hilarious. Filled with raw, honest real-life accounts of trying to attain the good life fuelled with a pioneering spirit and a positive attitude. Compulsive reading for anyone who has ever thought they are not living the life they should!”
Steven Lamb, River Cottage
"Fiona Stocker is funny, really funny. She is also a beautiful writer with an eye for the telling little details. I just loved this book."
Pip Courtney, ABC Landline
"Tasmania was the world’s best-kept secret. This book will send it viral. Curse you, Fiona Stocker!"
Chris Champion, Tasmania 40°South magazine
Apple Island Wife is a celebration of Tasmania itself. The land, the people, the mountains and the valleys are brought alive in Stocker's narrative. If you want to know why I love Tassie so much, read this book. Also buy your own, I'm not lending mine.
I adored this book. It was warm, funny and beautifully written.
Fans of Peter Mayle will love Fiona's wit and writing.
Tracey, Amazon UK
Warm, funny and inspiring. I don’t often laugh out loud when reading a book but this one had me chuckling many times - and I can’t wait for the next one. As someone who has visited and enjoyed Tasmania it made me want to go again. Thoroughly recommended.
Mr Hodson, Amazon UK
I really enjoy memoirs of this sort. This is a particularly fine one.
The Average Reader, Amazon UK
A wonderful non-fiction read. I thoroughly recommend this if you enjoy being transported to another part of the world without leaving your armchair.
NickiMags, Amazon UK
An absolutely delightful look at a family's move into a slower lifestyle. Fiona's humorous viewpoint makes life's problems bearable, and has now entertained many others. Her writing style is easy and honest. Her description of going shopping for bras had me in stitches, and I encourage everyone to read this book, and especially men. It's for everyone, and I really think it gives insight into life, and, gentlemen, maybe into the women in your lives.
This charming tale was a delightful telling of growth and discovery, relatable for any woman who has ever made a decision and questioned whether they were truly equipped for the change.
This is a charming read reminiscent of Toujours Provence, A Beer in the Loire and Under the Tuscan Sun. It is better than a travel guide as it recounts the first-hand experiences of people who moved and still remain there and most importantly, puts Tasmania on the map. If you want to laugh, again and again, but at the same time learn a thing or two about a destination not often publicised, you will love this story.
Pheadra, South Africa
I absolutely loved this book. Its gentle humour, real life and fascinating characters and intriguing story of a family finding its way in a whole new setting, lifestyle and country. Fiona and her family have embraced rural country life down in Tasmania and are actually living the dream. I previously knew absolutely nothing about Tasmania so I found this a very interesting insight into what is obviously a very beautiful and interesting country.
Amelia, Dorset, England
This book was full of wonderful people, stunning countryside and great humour. Tasmania has now been elevated in my list of places to visit.
Gail, The Pigeonhole
Memoirs can be a tricky thing. I can honestly say this is one of those times you should take the chance and grab a copy of Apple Island Wife as you won’t be disappointed.
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