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 book is about the search for the good life. My husband and I found it, we believe in Tasmania.’
Fiona Stocker – Apple Island Wife
Apple Island Wife Slow Living in Tasmania, is a humorous and insightful memoir that details the adventures of a family who make the sea change from Britain to Tasmania. Told with honesty and a personal blend of wit, Apple Island Wife will be sure to convince readers to take a visit to the beautiful ‘Apple Isle’.
The hustle and ...more
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 and her husband Oliver lived in London but moved to Brisbane Australia. They had a good life there. Soon a child joined the family. However, they were looking for something different, the "good life". They bought a small farm (5 acres) in rural northern Tasmania (an island but another state of Australia). Life in Tassie, as it´s called locally, is different. Shortly after moving to Tassie, Fiona has another child. They also have chickens and alpa ...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
I want to thank the author Fiona and Pigeonhole for allowing us to read this book and I highly recommend it.
From the beginning the descriptions of Tasmanians (particularly appearance, vernacular and general ape like descriptions of their persona) was downright offensive and at times bordered on sounding like a David Attenboro ...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
As Fiona herself admits, an art degree from Warwick University didn’t really equip her for life in rural Tasmania. Fiona is a very talented writer and a master at understatement. Here is just one of the many passages that made me chuckle: “No, darling. Lorna is having a baby and I need to help her. Not only did I have to attend to an alpaca birth, but I now had to explain events in terms a one-year old could understand. It was all a bit much for a morning when I’d expected t ...more
I will confess that I've wanted to go to Tasmania for about thirty years, ever since I met some people from Hobart in the course of my work in South Africa. From their stories, I became fascinated by the island and read a number of books about its history. As a result, ...more
Fed up with the dirt and crowds in London, Fiona and Oliver move to Australia to find somewhere more fresh. Although they never intended to live in a city again, they ended up living and working in Brisbane, by mistake…for seven years. Eventually Fiona persuades Oliver to look at Tasmania - A quieter greener island ...more
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
The observations and life moments Stocker candidly shares in Apple Island Wife are ones we can all engage with on some level. Despite living in suburbia, we had a septic tank in our backyard when I was very young – did y ...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
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