Rachael is a mother, regenerative agriculturalist and author who was born in Hobart and educated at Universities in Orange and Bathurst, NSW. As a young Tasmanian on ‘the mainland’ Rachael saw a profound disconnection emerging between the land and women in the growing culture of modern industrial agriculture. She set her sights on becoming a rural journalist and writing a bestseller that would showcase contemporary rural women, who were comfortable in, and caring of, their farming landscape.
Her first novel, ‘Jillaroo’ (2002) has become an iconic contemporary work of fiction, changing the face of Australian publishing and kick-starting a boom of rural women’s fiction.
Her latest book, White Horses is her seventh novel.
I'm thrilled to announce that my new novel, White Horses, will be published by HarperCollins in September 2019. White Horses is a big, sweeping and powerful Australian novel, telling the story of a young woman, Drift, who has been raised by her itinerant stockman father in Western Australia. While droving cattle on an isolated point, the madness of the modern world abruptly intrudes into Drift’s quiet life when a famous pro-surfer goes missing. Caught in the midst of a media storm, Drift is drawn into a tangle of secrets. She must find the courage as a woman to make her own way in the world, learning as she goes the truth of who she really is and what she wants from life. Find out more here.