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Dirty Chick

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The fact that vampire worms were reproducing by the tens of thousands in the belly of my goat should not have come as a surprise. By now I'd learned that country life is not a pastoral painting. Sure, at various times during the year you might see fluffy white lambs prancing in the tall grass, but those moments are rare. Real country life, it turns out, involves blood, shit and worms. Sitting in traffic on your morning commute, with a day of staring at a screen and answering emails ahead of you, you catch yourself wondering- what if I threw it all in for a peaceful life in the country? Antonia Murphy knows the feeling - and she did something about it. Swapping deadlines for feeding times, traffic jams for homemade cheese, Antonia transplanted her husband and children to a small farm in rural New Zealand. But it turns out that collecting your own organic eggs isn't all it's cracked up to be. In her hilarious account of rural life, Antonia exposes the dirty truth behind the agrarian dream- a world of turkey slaughter, maggots and menopausal hens. Not to mention that there's family life to contend with, too- when her young son collapses on the school bus one day, she realises her troubles are just beginning. It's mad, bad and dangerous to grow your own vegetables - Dirty Chick will make you grateful that you can get yours from the supermarket, instead. 'Antonia Murphy is a writer of great charm and appeal. She's kind of impossible to resist.' - Elizabeth Gilbert 'Way down under in the land of hobbits, a family of transplanted Californians do battle with monsters worse than mere dragons - lusty goats, a crazed rooster, and alpacas that spit green gobs of goo. Nearly every page of Antonia Murphy's big, boisterous, hilarious tale of how not to start a farm in New Zealand bristles with jaw-droppingly outrageous livestock encounters and visceral details that would have made Rabelais blush. Wallowing in this filthy, funny, and unexpectedly sweet tale of self-inflected misery is the perfect cure for the next time you're feeling too sorry for yourself.' - Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks and Kitty Cornered
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'Antonia Murphy is a writer of great charm and appeal. She's kind of impossible to resist.' -- Elizabeth Gilbert 'Murphy's book presents an unsentimental, at times unapologetically graphic, treatment of farm life. At the same time, it offers a comic yet thoroughly wise perspective on what it means to start over in a new country and live close to a natural world that is anything but romantic. Warm, funny and touching.' Kirkus 'Delightfully funny...Further adventures of the Unlikely Farmer will be eagerly anticipated. An excellent debut.' BookMooch 'There's nothing quite like the pleasures of armchair artisanal farming, especially when your guide is a natural, in-your-face comic. The reader gets the fun of seeing how it's done with having to ensure the mayhem of the actual experience.' Sydney Morning Herald 'An amusing, affectionate account that paints an earthy picture of rural New Zealand life and characters.' New Zealand Listener 'This bucolic romp is laugh-out-loud funny and at times, reach-for-the-tissues sad. Murphy has a talent for self-deprecation and blunt old honesty...An engaging and appealing writer.' Southland Times 'Easily one of the funniest books I have ever read...One of those books you will not want to end, it will have you chuckling at the craziness and whip-cracking witty observation...A must read' Salty Popcorn

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