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We’re in the midst of Sydney Writers’ Festival fever here so I thought I’d share a few of the events we’re excited about.

The Spirit of Romance
Since Samuel Richardson’s popular 1740 novel, Pamela, romance novels have captivated the imagination of the Western world. What styles of romance writing are people reading today and how do writers approach the element of romance differently in their books? Suzy Duffy (Wellesley Wives), Kate Forsyth (The Wild Girl) and Rachael Treasure (The Farmer’s Wife) discuss the world’s most popular literary genre with Amanda Hooton (author of Finding Mr Darcy).

An Evening with Rachel Treasure
Join us for an evening with Rachael Treasure as she speaks about her new book, The Farmer’s Wife. Rachael’s first novel, Jillaroo, has grown to become one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction. Her writing is known for its cheeky, fun-filled and poignant tales of dust, love and lust. Her other bestselling novels include The Girl and the Ghost Grey Mare, The Stockman, The Rouseabout and The Cattleman’s Daughter, and a short story collection, Fifty Bales of Hay.

Rachel Treasure and Rural Romance
Author, mother, regenerative agriculturalist and ‘lover of life’, Rachael Treasure, talks to Caroline Baum about her latest novel, The Farmer’s Wife, and the phenomenon of rural romance that she kick-started with her first novel, Jillaroo. Her other bestselling books 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.

If you’re lucky enough to be in town and catch a few of the events, we wish you a very happy Sydney Writers’ Festival. Otherwise feel free to get in touch with us at promotions@harpercollins.com.au and the first five will receive a copy of Rachel Treasure’s The Farmer’s Wife.