Four years of Raelene Hall's Life on the Land columns in the Midwest Times are gathered here in one hilarious collection that will please old fans and make new ones. With a foreword by Ted Egan.
Raelene's witty, light-hearted look at everyday situations affecting everyday women give you a smile and send you on your way, knowing that whatever you are experiencing that day, chances are someone else is experiencing it too. Then the otherwise annoying little things of life can become the colour in your day, if you, like Raelene, can look on with humour.
Merelyn Carter of Carter & Carter – Tamworth's TIARA Country Duo of the Year and Australian Country Music and People's Choice, 2007
Sharp, lively, and above all, hilarious, Raelene's writing gives a clever spin on life as an Australian woman on an outback station. A must-have book for your country collection.
Rachael Treasure, ex-jillaroo and author of The Stockmen (2004), Jillaroo (2002), The Roustabout (2007)
Great entertainment Review by Jenny Funnell
Thanks, Raelene, I received your book on Thursday & finished reading it on Monday. It was great. I was only aware of your columns in the Midwest Times about the time you wrote the one, ’Where’s the savings?’ I laughed & nodded my head & agreed, with probably thousands of others, that this woman had it all pretty right & she could tell us what she thought about something in a very special way.
Anyway, Raelene, the book was great entertainment. The topics were varied, the drawings were a terrific accompaniment to the subjects, your style was so easy to read & every now & then I imagined what you were going to say next, but you came in as quick as a flash with ‘You thought I was going to say…’ Even though I don’t know you, the book was written as if you were right here having a yarn with me over a cuppa. This book will appeal to any woman, bushie or not…& the more men who read it the better informed they will be about this intriguing specie called Female.
Thanks for reminding me that we mustn’t forget to keep a sense of humour. It is such a wonderful tonic.
Well done & I’m now waiting for the next one. (Posted on 18/08/11)
A treat to read Review by Judy Johnston
Raelene Hall’s book “Legitimate Bush Woman” is a treat to read. It puts a smile on the face of the reader and gives a sense of identity with other women, whether in the bush or the city.
The book is A collection of columns published in the Midwest Times under the heading of “The lighter side of life on the land”. Even if you are not a keen reader you can pick it up, read a few humorous incidents and chuckle over the relevance of them to your own life.
Raelene has a great turn of phrase and a wonderful ability to look at herself honestly. Most of us can identify with the trauma of buying new bathers, the difficulty in carrying on a conversation whilst in the dentist’s chair and the frustration felt when phoning banks and government departments and being told to “Press button No. 1” etc, and then listening to a disembodied voice telling us just how valuable we are.
As a city woman I appreciated the insight given to me of a life which is quite different to the one I live. Yet one of the main attractions of the book is the commonality of many of the situations experienced by country and city women alike. (Posted on 18/08/11)
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