‘For me, being in a paddock means anything is possible . . .’
Country girl and bestselling novelist Rachael Treasure had worked hard to build a long-dreamed-of lifestyle on her own patch of dirt in Tasmania’s rugged and beautiful wilderness. But through the breakdown of her marriage, Rachael lost her family farm and, in her words, lost her way in life.
Discovering an all-new compass to live by, she took her two kids and her dogs and left the beaten path. Intensive farming, men on the land and women in the home – everywhere Rachael looked she saw ongoing harm to the soil and the foodchain. By going down the dirt roads and getting back to grassroots, she discovered another set of stories about country life in Australia, and a different way to live on the land. From her rebel granny to pioneering farmers and passionate animal handlers, Rachael became inspired by fresh ways to do things.
Down the Dirt Roads starts as a heartfelt and moving insight into the life of a single mother displaced from her home, and becomes a groundbreaking and powerful book about healing, health and hope. Nourishing and sustaining, it presents a practical and positive vision of what life on our land could become.
About the Author
Tasmanian born Rachael Treasure gets as excited about dung beetle activity in the soil as she does by beautiful writing. By combining her love for the land and the written word, Rachael sparked a publishing boom in 2002 when her first novel Jillaroo woke the world up to contemporary women's stories beyond the city lights.
Rachael lives in Southern rural Tasmania and is a full time mother to two young humans and many eccentric animals including a budgie called Putty Plonkit. She has been dubbed an agricultural activist, an advocate for feminine awakening in farming systems and a literary pioneer. She has worked as a rural journalist, radio broadcaster, truffle sniffer dog handler, professional wool classer, stock camp cook, drover, farm manager and working dog trainer.
Her novels following Jillaroo include The Stockmen, The Rouseabout, The Cattleman's Daughter, The Farmer's Wife, Cleanskin Cowgirls and short story collections, The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare and Fifty Bales of Hay. Non fiction works are Don't Fence Me In – Grassroots Wisdom from a Country Gal and working dog training book, Dog Speak. Her screenplay Albert's Chook Tractor was filmed for SBS Independent TV.
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I loved Jillaroo and have bought most of her books ever since. This one is her personal journey. Her love of the environment and her animals is very special.
As I have not read this book, (purchased as a gift), I cannot answer your questions.
Such a honest and truthful book. Loved the rawness of what Rachael went through. A privilege to read about the reality of what can happen in a persons life but most of all the courage to keep going.
I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED IN THIS BOOK, VERY HEAVY GOING, REPETITIVE AND FRANKLY PUT ME TO SLEEP.QUITE BORING, NOT A WORD I USE OFTEN BUT APPROPRIATE.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 31st October 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 23.3
Edition Number: 1