Rosalie Ham talks about The Year of the Farmer at a literary lunch at the Grand View Hotel on October 11.

BOOK: Author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham launches her latest novel at the Grand View Hotel on October 11.
BOOK: Author of The Dressmaker, Rosalie Ham launches her latest novel at the Grand View Hotel on October 11.

Author Rosalie Ham comes to the Grand View to launch her newest book The Year of the Farmer at noon on October 11.

The book centres at a quiet farming town somewhere in country New South Wales, as war is brewing. The last few years have been punishingly dry, especially for the farmers, but otherwise, it's all Neralie Mackintosh's fault.

If she'd never left town then her ex, the hapless but extremely eligible Mitchell Bishop, would never have fallen into the clutches of the truly awful Mandy, who now lords it over everyone as if she owns the place.

So, now that Neralie has returned to run the local pub, the whole town is determined to reinstate her to her rightful position in the social order.

But Mandy Bishop has other ideas. Meanwhile the head of the local water board - Glenys 'Gravedigger' Dingle - is looking for a way to line her pockets at the expense of hardworking farmers already up to their eyes in debt. And Mandy and Neralie's war may be just the chance she was looking for. 

A darkly satirical novel of a small country town battling the elements and one another, and comes from the bestselling author of The Dressmaker.

Rosalie Ham has also written a further two other previous books.

The Year of the Farmer retails for  $32.99 (paperback) and is published by MacMillan.

Cost of the two-course lunch is $45 (GV members $40).  Book on 3884 3000 or functions@gvh.com.au