Winner of the Discovery Award for ‘best up-and-coming writers of modern fiction’, Louise Couper’s Philippa’s Farm is an hilarious take on living ‘the good life’ in the Irish Midlands.
'Happy families. They’d put you off people for life. Probably why I prefer animals.’
So says Philippa Woodcock, fiercely independent and wittily outrageous, living her solitary life on a small farm within sight of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Ireland.
Having abandoned the trappings of Dublin city life, she finds contentment in taking care of animals and running her farm business. But her isolation is interrupted by the carry-on of the locals in the Esker Archaeological Society and the sudden unwelcome arrival of her wayward brother and sister. On a visit to the Aran Islands, Philippa meets Gerald, a writer whose tweed jacket with red flecks sparks feelings she thought were gone forever.
When the bluebells are bursting forth and the damp earth offers no impediment to passion … something else does, something Philippa would never have imagined.
'An intelligent, moody heroine’ In-Dublin
'Amusing and touching, comic and tragic by turns and very well written.' Farmer’s Journal