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Griffith City Library is excited to be hosting award-winning author Jenny Old on Saturday 21 July, 2018 at 10.30am.

Jenny was awarded InHouse Publishing’s ‘Most successful Author of 2016’ and is coming to Griffith to share her remarkable story of love, adventure, disasters and good times spent in the Gulf Country.

Brought up on a comfortable farm in the Riverina, at 22, Jenny Bull fell in love with Rick Old and went to live and work with him on his property, McAllister, in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

While there, they faced fires, floods, Cyclone Ted and the 1970s beef crash, her novel Back of Beyond is the stunning result.

“After falling in love with my husband, Rick, I moved to a property called McAllister in the remote Gulf Country of far north Queensland, where I found myself living in a shed with a 44-gallon drum for my stove and a shower rose and a bucket in a tree for the bathroom,” said Ms Old.

Jenny's motto is: Life throws many curve balls at us, but it is how we deal with them that counts.

Griffith City Library Manager, Karen Tagliapietra, said all members of the community are invited to attend this free author talk, with morning tea and coffee provided.

“We are thrilled to have Jenny coming to Griffith to talk about her wonderful book, said Ms Tagliapietra.

To book your place call the Library on 6962 8300 or book online at


About Back of Beyond

This is the extraordinary story of an indomitable Australian woman going to the back of beyond and triumphing over adversity. It is a story about bush people and their generosity, filled with wonderful characters. Most of all, it is the story of a woman's love for her man and the adventure it took her on.

When 22-year-old Jenny Old followed her heart to the vastness of the Gulf of Carpentaria, she had no idea of the primitive conditions she'd find herself in. Often her only contact with the outside world was through her two-way radio. Stretched to the limits, she achieved more than she ever thought herself capable of. With every setback and in the toughest of times when the odds seemed insurmountable, she learnt to dust herself off, find a smile and just keep on going.

For 18 years Jenny and Rick battled flood, drought, cyclones and personal hardship. Yet their world was as big as the landscape in which they lived, filled as it was with generosity, wonderful characters and the joy of life. At McAllister they established an oasis for their family and friends.