The Year of the Farmer

A darkly satirical novel of a small country town battling the elements and one another, from the bestselling author of The Dressmaker.

“Rosalie Ham deftly sharpens the razor edge between comedy and tragedy. The Year of the Farmer is a book that delights, appals but never waivers in its brutal honesty. If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry.” Sue Maslin, producer of The Dressmaker

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 …

‘Rosalie Ham’s love affair with the Australian landscape is a heartbeat on every page.’ Canberra Times

‘The Year of the Farmer is full of loveable larrikins and lying louses – all of them truly enjoyable, believeable Aussie characters who will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens to them.’ —  Daily Telegraph

‘A tightly plotted, highly entertaining romp that poses some big questions.’ —  Saturday Paper

Book Information
ISBN: 9781760784874
Format: Paperback
Published: 26/11/2019
Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Imprint: Picador Australia, Pan Macmillan Australia
Pages: 336
Price: $19.99