Prize of the week

Paperbark Hill by Maya Linnell

Diana McIntyre and her four boys have had a tough 18 months but, with the love and support of her family, she believes their lives are finally back on track.

Diana's dream of starting a flower farm has been the perfect diversion, and with an elderly dahlia expert showing her the ropes she won't have to do this alone.

Locum pharmacist and single dad Ned Gardiner hasn't called Victoria home for years. However, his father's death forces Ned to return to the family farm, a place that holds few happy memories for him.

Dealing with his estranged mother and sorting his father's affairs, he plans on leaving as soon as possible, but what will it take for Ned to put down roots?

With six children between them, can this pair juggle families, farms and the possibility of a blossoming romance?

Paperbark Hill is the final story about the McIntyre sisters, following Wildflower Ridge, Bottlebrush Creek and Magpie's Bend.

Set in western Victoria and with a plot that evolved from the author’s personal passion for dahlias and her daydreams about one day starting her own flower farm, Paperbark Hill tackles grief, family dynamics, addiction, romance and the burgeoning ‘grown not flown’ movement within the Australian flower industry.

The author’s dahlias feature on the cover of the book.

Paperbark Hill by Maya Linnell is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.


We have three copies of this book to give away. For a chance to win, send your name, address, daytime phone number and the answer to this question: What is the name of the Man’s Best Friend in today’s Country News? to: Country Life ‘Paperbark’ Competition, PO Box 8000, Shepparton, 3632, by Friday, July 15.


Congratulations to Michael Keyte and Glenda Birang who have each won a copy of Last Summer. Please collect your prize from our Shepparton office.