Australian Women’s Weekly NZ

THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB by Sophie Green, Hachette.

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Friendship and the kind of escape that’s found only in books are even more important to the members of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club than most. It’s 1978 and in the dry season the immense distances of the Northern Territory make it difficult for our isolated but determined readers to meet. Sybil is the matriarch of Fairvale Station, and despite facing her own distressin­g family challenges, she does what she can to change the lives of her far-flung friends. The landscape may be gloriously demanding, but the story of these resilient women is tender and intimate. Sophie Green has created a world that’s as heartwarmi­ng, fulfilling and Australian as a lamb roast and full-bodied shiraz.

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