February 28, 2021

Apple Island Wife – Fiona Stocker

Welcome to my stop on the Apple Island Wife Blog Tour!

Massive thanks to Anne at Random Things Blog Tours for the opportunity to take part, and huge thanks to Unbound Digital and Fiona Stocker for my review copy of Apple Island Wife. Publisher: Unbound Digital

Published: 4 Dec. 2018

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1912618087

“What happens when you leave city life and move to five acres on a hunch, with a husband who s an aspiring alpaca-whisperer, and a feral cockerel for company? Can you eat the cockerel for dinner? Or has it got rigor mortis? 

In search of a good life and a slower pace, Fiona Stocker upped-sticks and moved to Tasmania, a land of promise, wilderness, and family homes of uncertain build quality. It was the lifestyle change that many dream of and most are too sensible to attempt. 

Wife, mother and now reluctant alpaca owner, Fiona jumped in at the deep end. Gradually Tasmania got under her skin as she learned to stack wood, round up the kids with a retired lady sheepdog, and stand on a scorpion without getting stung. 

This charming tale captures the tussles and euphoria of living on the land in a place of untrammelled beauty, raising your family where you want to and seeing your husband in a whole new light. Not just a memoir but an everywoman’s story, and a paean to a new, slower age.

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There’s no way to describe this book other than just lovely. More a collection of anecdotes than a story, the book charts Fiona and her husband Oliver’s move from England to Tasmania (via Brisbane).

With a cast of 2 children, several colourful characters for neighbours, 3 alpacas, a flock of noisy guinea fowl, a lone snake and a loyal collie-dog (oh, and the huntsman spiders they casually share their home with) Fiona tells her story with wit and humour.

Stocker has adapted a selection of posts from her blog into this book. She’s a braver woman than most of us to up sticks and move to the other side of the world and then some. From delivering a grumpy alpaca’s first born to tackling a husband with a penchant for buying ancient farming machinery at auction to navigating friendships with the new neighbours Fiona has written a gem of a book.

It’s an engaging read and I finished it feeling like I wanted her for a friend. She has a skill for making very dry one-liners and that’s more than okay with me!

Do I want to move to Tasmania? Not on your life! Am I now plotting how to get there for a farm tour? Damn straight!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORFiona Stocker is the author of travel memoir Apple Island Wife – Slow Living in Tasmania, published by Unbound in 2018.

Raised in England, Fiona Stocker now lives in Tasmania where she writes freelance for magazines, newspapers and online publications, and runs a niche farm, food and tourism business in partnership with her husband.

She occasionally works as a ghost writer and editor, and was a judge in the Tasmanian Short Story Competition in 2016. Her first book, A Place in the Stockyard, a history of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture featuring its members, was published in 2016.

Read more and subscribe for a quarterly newsletter at http://www.fionastocker.com/ or read Fiona Stocker’s blog at http://www.appleislandwife.com/

Fiona Stocker lives in the Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania, with her husband, two children and around forty-five pigs.

Apple Island Wife is her first travel memoir.

Twitter @FionaCStocker

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