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An engaging woman-against-the-odds story about an entrepreneurial South Island sheep farmer.

An engaging woman-against-the-odds story about an entrepreneurial South Island sheep farmer.

When occupational therapist Beverley Forrester’s husband died suddenly she was left to run a farm she had barely worked. She set to, and learnt to farm it. She got serious about her wool and set up shop in the UK. She started exhibiting at trade fairs in England and exporting to Japan and Brazil and visited woollen mills in China. She joined the mission to save wool.

At Black Hills, she restored the farm’s historic limestone buildings. She is on the committee of the Canterbury A&P show and is an international sheep and wool judge. She also has her own fashion label and in 2013 she debuted at Fashion Week!

Resilient, big-hearted, entrepreneurial and determined, Beverley Forrester is a treasure and this is her engaging story. It’s also the story of North Canterbury’s beautiful Hurunui district, and the pioneers who built it.


Beverley Forrester was the last person who thought she should write a book about her life but like many, I am so glad she was convinced she should. Beverley married into the Forrester family, a name synonymous with farming in the Hurunui District. She has worked tirelessly to promote farming through her association with the Canterbury A&P and Rural Women New Zealand, let alone forging a brand for her own wool which has seen her attend fashion shows and events that most of us only dream of. Beverley is a courageous woman who has continued to mke her way in the world combining two of the toughest areas to work in - farming and fashion. A book worth reading. Royalties from the sale of this book will go to Rural Women New Zealand.

Latitude, Canterbury

This Kiwi rural memoir is an exhausting read - not just because Beverley Forrester's exceptional recall and research piles social history on top of personal revelations on top of stock husbandry on top of family fable on top of entrepreneurial nous, but because she has lived her achievement-packed 60-odd years at absolute full throttle. This remarkable woman - who worked as an occupational therapist, and now divides her life between running her Hurunui farm and a wool yarn business and fashion label - gives a perfect insight into the resilient spirit which first settled rual New Zealand.

James Belfield, Dominion Post Weekend

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  • Trade Paperback


    April 2, 2015

    Random House NZ

    272 pages

    RRP $39.99

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    April 2, 2015

    Random House New Zealand

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