THIRTY THOUSAND BOTTLES OF WINE AND A PIG CALLED HELGA - A NOT-SO PERFECT TREE CHANGE

Available March 2019

‘This joyously honest account will make you laugh till it hurts, and you’ll shed more than a few tears while being captivated by Todd, Jeff and their menagerie of loveable animals’ - Bradley Trevor Greive AM, international bestselling author of The Blue Day Book and Penguin Bloom.

Once I was the poster boy for corporate success, but now I’m crashing through the bush in a storm in search of a missing pig. How the hell did we end up here?

Todd and Jeff have had enough of the city. Sick of the daily grind and workaday corporate shenanigans, they throw caution to the wind and buy 100 acres in the renowned Hunter Valley wine region, intent on a golden bucolic life and building a fabulous B&B, where they can offer the joys of country life to heart-weary souls.

Todd will cook, Jeff will renovate. They have a vineyard, they can make wine. They have space, they can grow their own food. They have everything they need to make their dreams come true.

How hard can it be?

Well for starters, country air turns their alley cat Leroy into a psychopath. And who knew water was so expensive? How the hell do you get a dead kangaroo out of a dam? And why on earth do uncastrated pigs love to wrestle? Why do pigs think they’re human, full stop?

From the trials and tribulations of learning to run a vineyard from scratch, to the unexpected joy of adopting homeless goats and toilet training the most charming pig in the world, Helga Hagatha Van Hoggett, this is no perfect tree-change. Despite near-broken bones, broken hearts and empty wallets, Todd and Jeff’s incredible adventure delivers a family they never imagined and a life they never thought they’d love so much.