The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

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'This gorgeous book completely carried me away' Jenny Ashcroft, author of Island in the East
'The perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in' Hello
'An absolute gem of a novel' Better Reading Australia

You are warmly invited to join the Fairvale Ladies book club . . .

1978. Life in Australia's vast Northern Territory isn't always easy. Telephones are not yet common, and the treacherous seasons make even travelling to the next town a struggle. But Sybil Baxter is finding a way to connect . . .

Bringing together her daughter-in-law Kate, who is finding it hard to adjust to married life, and her old friend Rita, often far away working hard for the Flying Doctors, Sybil starts a book club. Joined by Sallyanne, a mother of three with a trouble marriage, and Della, who moved to the country looking for adventure, they come together to bond over their favourite stories.

But as life throws up challenges to each of its members, the club might just provide these five women with what they need more than anything: a friendship capable of overcoming any distance and weathering all seasons.


Join other readers in discovering the joy of the Fairvale Ladies . . .

'A book showing more kindness between its pages than any I have read before' NetGalley Reviewer

'A warm hearted, generous book . . . it was a pleasure and a comfort to come back to the characters each night' Virginia McGregor, author of Before I Was Yours

'I didn't want this story to end and would happily spend time in this world each day' Amazon Reviewer

'The story is timeless, the characters realistic and descriptions of the landscape breathtaking' Amazon Reviewer

'Heartwarming and fulfilling' Australian Women's Weekly

'Wonderfully atmospheric' Sunday Mirror


Perfect for readers of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Sunday Lunch Club and The Lido.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 28mm | 297g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751570400
  • 9780751570403
  • 9,552

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Heart-warming . . . the perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in Hello
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Heart-warming . . . the perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in * Hello * Brimming with atmosphere and warmth, this gorgeous book completely carried me away. I absolutely loved it * Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky * An absolute gem of a novel, with the most evocative sense of place . . . A definite treat for any book club * Better Reading Australia * From the opening words I was transported to this beautiful, exotic landscape and the people who inhabit this place of blood-red soil and sapphire skies . . . I was right there with them until the very last page * Sue Watson * A sweet tale, and wonderfully atmospheric * Sunday Mirror * Heartwarming and fulfilling * Australian Women's Weekly *
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About Sophie Green

Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She grew up by the water in Sydney and will holiday by the ocean in preference to anywhere else. The Inaugurual Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, a Top Ten bestseller in Australia, was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards for General Fiction Book of the Year 2018, longlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year and longlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018.
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2,147 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 20% (427)
4 42% (896)
3 29% (629)
2 7% (159)
1 2% (36)
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