A heart-warming, poignant and engaging tale about the doctors, nurses and patients of the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital, and their friends and neighbours.
A Country Practice follows the dramas, loves, secrets and dilemmas of the people in an Australian small country town. There is romance, humour and tragedy for the medical staff of the local hospital, and the rural community it serves.
A desperate woman arrives at the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital in the final stages of labour. Can Dr Terence Elliott overcome his demons to save both mother and baby?
Simon Bowen, the newest doctor in town, is frustrated at being seen as an outsider by the tight knit country people. Will he succeed in winning them around ‒ especially young vet Vicky Dean?
Vicky’s mum, Sister Shirley Dean, is courted by widowed police sergeant Frank Gilroy. But is he the man for her?
Young married couple, Brendan and Molly Jones arrive in Wandin Valley. Are they prepared for the realities of country life?
Meanwhile, a teenager in love clashes with her father and a serious car accident reveals a surprising secret about two of the town’s residents.
Based on the award-winning, international hit television serial A Country Practice, this new series of novels follows the lives and loves of the rural community of Wandin Valley, South-Eastern Australia. Set in the early 1980s it is a nostalgic look at country life, yet with all the same joys and problems we face today.
When love strikes … love in the country
They say that love can strike at any time, and nowhere is that more true than in the small Australian country town of Wandin Valley, the setting for A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun.
A Country Practice follows the lives and loves of a tight-knit rural community, including young couple Molly and Brendan Jones. They’ve just left the city behind for a new start in the countryside. Molly knew she had to get away from her interfering, snobbish mum ‒ who always thought Brendan wasn’t good enough for her daughter ‒ if her marriage was to survive. And although he had his doubts about the move, Brendan loves his wife for giving up a glamorous career to save their relationship. From day one, Molly throws herself into country-life, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Things don’t always go to plan, sometimes with hilarious results, but watching his wife’s plucky resolve only makes Brendan love her all the more.
Sometime opposites attract, and that’s definitely the case for Frank Gilroy where Shirley Dean is concerned. On the surface, you couldn’t meet a more unlikely couple. Widowed Frank is the serious, upstanding Wandin Valley police sergeant who enjoys growing roses in his spare time. Divorcee Shirley is a free spirit who meditates under a pyramid in her living room and enjoys the odd glass of wine … or two! Frank is just as determined to win Shirley over as she is to give him the brush off. But could his persistence finally win her over?
Shirley isn’t the only one with an admirer. Her daughter Vicky, the town’s vet, is busy ignoring the advances of young Dr Simon Bowen. Simon may be good-looking and rich, but down-to-earth Vicky thinks he’s a bit too up himself for her liking. She gets a kick out of bringing him down a peg or two, but like a lovesick puppy, Simon just keeps coming back for more. Vicky’s treating him mean, and it’s certainly keeping him keen!
Anyone who’s ever told their parents, ‘You just don’t understand’ will sympathise with teenager Jenny Secombe. Her dad disapproves of her relationship with Tony Pieri, and thinks she’s much too young to be getting serious about a boy. Jenny is at that age when it’s important to have some independence and test her boundaries. She’s also not quite as grown up as she’d like to think. Of course, although it can be hard to admit, sometimes father does know best.
Reading A Country Practice, there is plenty of drama, and humour, along the way, as we find out which of these couples is a true love match.
Ian Skillicorn, publisher at Corazon Books
About The Author:
Judith Colquhoun was born in Queensland and grew up in Sydney. She studied production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and soon after graduating, love and a job took her to Melbourne. Later, she lived in London for a time, spent many years in country Victoria and long enough in Italy to fall in love with the Mezzogiorno. She is now back in Melbourne and may even stay there.
She started writing when she was six and from the age of twenty-three has always earned her living from it in one way or another. She was a scriptwriter for far too long, writing countless hours of television for many of Australia’s most popular shows, including Neighbours and Home & Away. Her output included one hundred episodes of A Country Practice.
Judith has worked as an editor and script producer, and in Italy was a script consultant on the serial Un Posto Al Sole. She has won five Awgie Awards and in 2007 was made a Life Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
In 2009 she finally gave up scriptwriting to attempt a novel. Thicker Than Water, which is largely set in southern Italy, was published in 2014. It was Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 National Literary Awards.
She has written three novels based on the stories and characters of A Country Practice – New Beginnings, To Everything a Season and Silver Linings.
Judith is married with two children and three grandchildren.
Read for free the first chapters of the novels on Corazon’s website.