Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Book Review: Fifty Bales of Hay by Rachael Treasure

Goodreads Summary: Come have a roll in the hay with one of Australia′s leading rural fiction authors, Rachael Treasure, in her romping, rollicking first-ever collection of romantic stories, celebrating the sexy side of rural life. Guaranteed to get your tractor revving, FIFTY BALES OF HAY is an honest and imaginative exploration of everyday men and women getting down and dirty on the land.
From the dairy shed to the Royal Agricultural Show pavilion, Treasure′s cheeky satirical humour and wicked imagination offers up a dozen fun-filled, and sometimes poignant, tales of dust and lust. This collection will have you clamouring for a stock whip, a saddle and a jackaroo.

Title: Fifty Bales of Hay
Series: n/a Anthology
Author: Rachael Treasure
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Release Date: 4th December 2012
Format: Paperback
Source: The Reading Room

Well, what’s to say, this was a whole lot of fun to read. Fifty Bales of Hay is a collection of short stories set in rural Australia. I haven’t read any of Rachael Treasure’s books before this one, but I must say I will definitely be picking some up now. Her writing style is fabulous, easy to read and funny. This is classed as erotica, but I mean you just take it all like a grain of salt, so funny. There were quite a few digs at the Fifty Shades of Gray books, but that too was in humour.

There are twelve short stories and they are straight to the point where it comes to the sexy scenes. Some you just can’t believe that would ever happen in real life, but hey, I guess it could happen. If I had to pick a favourite, it would be Truck Wash.

Celia was having trouble with her husband; they were growing distant and not having as much intimate time. Driving and delivering a load of cattle, she had to wash out the truck and found a truck wash along the way. Pulling in she couldn't work out how to use the machine to start the automated hose, so goes over to the only other truck in the bays. The man in the bay didn't see her and washed her down with the water (by accident). Her shirt is saturated and this starts the stirrings in her body, from the blast of hard water directed at her chest. Hilarious and shocking!

They all contained female protagonists and were all strong characters. Some had sad back-stories and found “fun” in order to overcome their sadness and move forward in their lives. Each night I would read a couple stories and the next day would tell the tales to my husband and we would laugh together and wonder if these things actually happened in reality. Who knows, maybe an older woman would find riding a ride-on-mower “exciting” and essential to her garden maintenance. LOL I find that the summary tells it all though.

Thank you to Harper Collins Australia and The Reading Room for supplying a copy for review.


About the Author

Before we get to the serious biography below, I am essentially a mother to two wonderful little humans, I am a writer, regenerative agriculturalist, and a lover of all things in life.

I want to channel love into everything I create so that I can share it with the world. I’m also really good at taking the mickey out of myself, so I laugh a lot… even at the tough stuff life dishes up.

Here’s a sketch of my professional life below. You’ll have to buy me a drink one day in a pub to find out the other many sides of me…

Rachael Treasure Biography

Author Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children, Rosie and Charlie. 

Rachael is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices and animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock.

She is a Rural Business Administration graduate of Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW.

In between studying she has worked as a jillaroo, rural journalist, ABC radio broadcaster, professional woolclasser, part-time vet nurse, family farm manager, drover and stock camp cook. 
Her first novel Jillaroo, published in 2002, has grown to become one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction inspiring other country women to contribute to the genre of contemporary rural literature.
Her other best selling works include, The Stockman, based on her experience with working dog education, The Rouseabout, inspired by her wild times at Australia’s Bachelor and Spinster (B&S) Balls and The Cattleman’s Daughter which grew from her experience in the Victorian High Country riding horses and droving cattle. 

Her screenplay Albert’s Chook Tractor, was made into a half hour drama for SBS Independent Television and was filmed in Tasmania’s Fingal Valley and starred John Jarrett. 

Rachael’s latest self-published book Dog Speak has recently been re-released since its original publication as part of a Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year rural bursary. 

A collection of Rachael’s short stories, The Girl and the Ghost Grey Mare, flew to number four position in the Australian Best Seller list when released in October 2011.

Rachael was the brainchild behind the $1 a week rental campaign for houses in her rural area. The campaign attracted International attention, saved her local school and sparked similar programs in other struggling rural towns across Australia. 

She is now trialling the latest pasture cropping and holistic grazing management techniques on her farming block using methods taught by NSW farmer, Colin Seis and Victorian Farmer Graeme Hand and backed by NRM South. 

Her experiences will be woven into her fifth novel so as to inspire other farmers to care more for their soil health thereby delivering healthy food to our Australian families.
~ from Rachael's website

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