Apple Island Wife by Fiona Stocker
out in e-book and paperback, August 2018
What happens when you leave city life and move to five acres, with a husband who wants to be an 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 slower pace of living, Fiona Stocker upped sticks and took her fledgling family to Tasmania, a land of promise, wilderness, and family homes of uncertain build quality.
There they learned to live differently. They grew their own food, chopped firewood and rounded up their toddlers with a retired sheepdog. Slowly they found the landscape and seasons imprinting into the fabric of their new life.
The Stockers made the lifestyle move many of us only dream of. Together they're the Vita and Harold Sackville-West of the southern hemisphere – but funnier. By turns laugh-out-loud, reflective and poignant, this witty memoir turns a satirical eye on the tussles of country life, and the ordinary struggles we all face - what exactly we should be doing , and how on earth our marriage survives.
Wife, mother and reluctant alpaca farmer, Fiona Stocker has written a wife’s tale about the search for a good life. Along the way she captures the adventures and euphoria of country living in a place of untrammelled beauty – Tasmania. Wry, humorous and gently reflective, this is an every-woman’s story and a paean to 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 UK
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