Joy Rhoades

Joy grew up in a small town in the bush in Queensland, Australia. She spent her time with her head in a book, or outdoors – climbing trees, playing in dry creek beds, or fishing for yabbies in the railway dam under the big sky. Some of her favourite memories were visiting her grandmother’s sheep farm in rural New South Wales where her father had grown up. She was a fifth generation grazier, a lover of history, and a great and gentle teller of stories. Her childhood gave her two passions: a love of the Australian landscape and a fascination with words and stories.

She left the bush at 13 when she went to boarding school in Brisbane.  She stayed on there to study law and literature at the University of Queensland. After,  working as a lawyer took her first to Sydney and then all over the world, to London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and New York. But she always carried in her head a strong sense of her childhood: the people, the history, the light and the landscape. Those images have never left her and they would eventually become The Woolgrower’s Companion. It’s a story she felt she had to tell.

Joy currently lives in London with her husband and their two young children. But she misses the Australian sky.

Go to Joy’s webpage here