Set in the Australian outback in the late 70s, this heart-warming story is about a group of women who, to help combat the loneliness that such isolation brings, decide to form a bookclub. Five very different women join up. Each have issues in their lives that they face and work through; and as the book progresses, the women develop too: their characters; their relationships with their families, and each other. Issues of love, death, birth, jealousy, heartache – timeless issues that are part of what it means to be human, experienced by five very individual characters. This is set against the vast outback with its extremes of climate, cultural issues of racism and sexism. The prose is descriptive, and it was a delight to be immersed into the lives of this group of women. I also enjoyed the frequent reference to world events, which grounds this era. Great Bookclub title.