Apple Island Wife: Slow Living In Tasmania
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 rigour mortise?
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 uncert
This was such a lovely book, I feel like I’ve spent the last ten days in Tasmania with the author, her family and menagerie. The descriptions of the area and the loc ...more
Although Fiona Stocker traces the her personal journey from that of a city dweller to a country woman, Apple Island Wife is a celebration of Tasmania itself. The land, the people, the mountains and the val ...more
Fiona's humorous viewpoint makes life's problems bearable, and has ultimately entertained many others. Her writing style is easy and honest, and brings to life mundane situations and changes them into meaningful episodes in her life. Her description of ...more
This charming tale was a delightful telling of growth and discovery, stories of everyday life in a new setting, interspersed with droll humour. The account was amusing and educational (being from the North American corner of ...more
Fiona’s writing is funny, she has a way with words that had me chuckling away. It reminded me of when I found myself living on ten acres without a clue of what I should be doing. This was proven only a fe ...more
It’s amusing, albeit probably unintentionally so. In a way the author downplays the difficulty of adjusting to suc ...more
The anecdotes are both informative and funny, Fiona has a way of making the most mundane tasks seem really amusing. However, by contrast, she describes the most outrageous occurrences as if they happen on a daily basis!
The Stoker’s new life me ...more
I want to thank the author Fiona and Pigeonhole for allowing us to read this book and I highly recommend it.
In search of a different way of life, Fiona Stocker and husband Oliver upped sticks and moved themselves and their young family to rural Tasmania, to a house of dubious construction among five acres of land. It was the start of a number of adventures Fiona probably wouldn’t have predicted, including acting as midwife to a permanently disgruntled alpaca named Lorna (to be honest, I would happily have read a whole book about the alpacas alone. Alpaca Island Wife?) Along with alpaca-, chicken- and ...more
Fiona Stocker gives an honest and funny insight into life in Tasmania after she and her husband, along with their daughter Daisy decide to up sticks and move there. From th ...more
The anecdotes in this book — because it is a collection of stories, rather than a continuous narrative — are entertaining, but the narrator is pretty passive in most of them, letting her husband or children take the lead, which diminished my sympathy for her. There's also quite a bit of overlap and repetition in some minor details from chapter to chapter (which are possibly collected from the blog she mentions, so perhaps t ...more
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Her travel memoir Apple Island Wife, is out in September 2018 with independent publisher Unbound. One woman's search for slow living in Tasmania, it captures the tussles and euphoria of living on the land in a place of untrammelled beauty and family homes of uncertain build quality. Heartwarming and hilarious, Apple I ...more