Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - Books -

Born in Queens­land, Joy Rhoades had a bush child­hood with her par­ents run­ning the lo­cal trac­tor deal­er­ship and “a lot of time play­ing in dry creek beds, and climb­ing trees”. It gave Joy a love of books and sto­ries and “a ten­dency to be blunt and the abil­ity to change a tyre,” she says. Joy be­came a lawyer and moved to Syd­ney and then Lon­don, Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Tokyo and New York. She wrote on the side and “han­kered to write full time”. When Joy took time out to look af­ter her kids, she worked on her de­but novel, The Wool­grower’s Com­pan­ion. The novel sparked a pub­lish­ers’ bid­ding war which left Joy both “shocked and thrilled”. Joy cur­rently lives with her fam­ily in Lon­don, where she is work­ing on her next novel.

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