The author, Joy Rainey grew up in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria. The bush was her playground shared with her two siblings. Growing up, Joy was encouraged to continue her creative expressions in painting, writing and music. She furthered her studies as an adult and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and University Bursary. She studied social work and psychology at the University of Melbourne, where Joy published a number of professional papers. The last thirty years have been spent in private practice as a psychologist. She has held seven solo art exhibitions and gained notable awards for her talents. A collector from way back, the author's interests include family stories, Australian plants, bantam poetry and objects of interest and beauty. She lives with her husband in the Ranges of Melbourne.
"A book of awe and admiration, mixed with humility and sadness as the pages flick by in a myriad of prose by a talented story-teller and lover of the stories told. A true Australian gem for the future to be reminded of what it is to endure and from where the spirit of this country truly arose...5 Stars." -Thomas, IndieBook reviewer.