Rouseabout, The

Rouseabout, The

Rachael Treasure
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Kate Webster is a lovable larrikin who likes to play hard now and worry about the consequences later. At nineteen, she can't help mucking up the opportunities life gives her. Rocked by the death of her mother, she takes on a dare at one of Australia's wildest rural social events - a Bachelors & Spinsters country ball. It's a dare that will change her life forever.... In a drunken haze, wearing a red dress and work boots, she sets off to win her bet and 'scalp' gorgeous-looking seventeen-year-old farm boy Nick Mc Donnell. After the ball, with her ticket booked to leave Tasmania for agricultural college, she is ready to start an exciting new life away from her grieving father and the pressures of the family farm. Then she unexpectedly discovers she is pregnant. Years on, with her toddler Nell by her side, it's time for Kate to return home to face the music, and the father of her child. In this third novel, Rachael Treasure tackles the issues of motherhood, teenage pregnancy and women who battle to juggle both work and families within farming lives. Set on the beautiful island of Tasmania, where Treasure herself farms and once kicked up her own heels at B&S balls, this moving and heart-warming novel takes readers on a journey they won't forget.
Tasmanian born Rachael Treasure gets as excited about dung beetle activity in the soil as she does by beautiful writing. By combining her love for the land and the written word, Rachael sparked a publishing boom in 2002 when her first novel Jillaroo woke the world up to contemporary women's stories beyond the city lights. Rachael lives in Southern rural Tasmania and is a full time mother to two young humans and many eccentric animals including a budgie called Putty Plonkit. She has been dubbed an agricultural activist, farm feminist and literary pioneer and has worked as a rural journalist, radio broadcaster, truffle sniffer dog handler, professional wool classer, stock camp cook, drover, farm manager and working dog trainer. Her novels following Jillaroo include The Stockman, The Rouseabout, The Cattleman's Daughter, The Farmer's Wife, Cleanskin Cowgirls and short story collections, The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare and Fifty Bales of Hay. Non fiction works are Don't Fence Me In - Grassroots Wisdom from a Country Gal and working dog training book, Dog Speak. Her screenplay Albert's Chook Tractor was filmed for SBS Independent TV.