Mad Woman Rocking by Farrah B. Mandala

Women’s experiences are unique. Our connections, our trauma and our strength all deserve a voice.

Rosie Lane has endured enough tragedy and loss for one lifetime. And yet her plans to live peacefully in the splendour of farm life and write her first novel are thwarted when an old box containing six envelopes leads her to discover a hidden family history.

When the doppelganger of her deceased son arrives on her doorstep, Rosie further uncovers the mystery of her parentage and learns of a brother she never knew.

As the seasons pass, Rosie tries and fails to write as she navigates her resurfacing trauma and grapples with the inevitable task of telling her children the painful secrets she knows.

Set within the stunning landscape of rural Australia, Mad Woman Rocking is about the power of creativity, inner strength, friendship and dreaming big.

Farrah B. Mandala lives in an off-grid eco cabin in the Australian bush, on her family’s dairy farm at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. She is an English teacher and lives with her five-year-old son, the laughter of kookaburras, a friendly willie wagtail and circling wedge-tailed eagles.

Farrah shares her poetry, writing and artwork on her blog at, on her website With Mad Woman Rocking, she highlights the unique experiences of women in a story that’s relevant, inspirational and quintessentially Australian.

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