Apple Island Wife

What happens when you move to Tasmania on a hunch, with a husband who aspires to be an alpaca whisperer and a feral cockerel? 

Join Fiona Stocker as she leaves everything behind and moves onto five acres halfway up Tasmania’s idyllic Tamar Valley, an hour away from the nearest department store and anything else that was familiar. As they gradually settle in they experiment with rural living: Could they turn livestock into cuisine? When Vlad the cockerel went feral, could they cook him for dinner or did he have rigor mortis? 

Gradually Tasmania got under their skin and rewrote their sense of home, it became the scent of peppermint gums after rain, the bite of the wind when snow lay on the Midlands, the whisper of dry grasses in the paddocks under the heat of the summer sun. This book is about leaving the city and learning to live the good life, work, play and face everything that life throws at you together, and depending upon each other even when you’d rather not. 

About the author

Fiona Stocker is an English writer living in Tasmania, Australia. After graduating in the arts, she worked in London and Brisbane in the fields of theatre, advertising, education and recruitment. A circuitous route, sense of adventure and aversion to proper paid employment took her to Tasmania in 2006, where the story continues.  

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Why We Like It

  • An armchair travel book that transports you to Tasmania and a new way of life 
  • This unexpected tale of family life manages to be both hilarious and poignant 

Fiona Stocker 

Fiona Stocker is an English writer living in Tasmania, Australia.

After graduating in the arts, she worked in London and Brisbane in the fields of theatre, advertising, education and recruitment.

A circuitous route, sense of adventure and aversion to proper paid employment took her to Tasmania in 2006, where she and her husband established a small farm, food and agri-tourism business, Langdale Farm. The couple raise Berkshire pigs and produce premium pork products sold at an award-winning farmers’ market and providores across northern Tasmania. They host visitors in a converted studio at the farm for eco-luxe farm-stay accommodation, and generally try to live the dream.

Besides partnering in the farm business, Fiona works as a writer and editor on books, e-books and online material and writes feature articles for lifestyle magazines.

Her book A Place in the Stockyard, commissioned by Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, commemorating their history and featuring many personal stories of their members, was published in 2016.

She is on the Board of the Tamar Valley Farmgate Festival, which launches in 2017, and the Tamar Valley Writers’ Festival, both of which have funding from Events Tasmania.

She was a judge of the Tasmanian Short Story Writers’ Competition of 2017, with shortlisted entries compiled in an anthology to be launched at the Hobart Writers’ Festival.

How it works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

We believe that shared reading leads to new ideas and connections. That’s why we have a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between our readers. Post a comment and all your fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications (customise them here) when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links will be included at the end of the final stave which will allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure. 

Any questions? Drop us a line on laurence@pigeonholepublishing.com.

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