Meredith Appleyard

Meredith Appleyard

Bestselling Author of The Country Practice

Using her experience and fascination of providing health care to rural communities in her stories

 

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Meredith's latest Australian fiction release

From the bestselling author of The Country Practice comes a quirky and insightful story about fighting for what you believe in, and finding love where you least expect it.

Leah Jackson leaves behind everything familiar, taking up a job as the resident safety supervisor and nurse in a construction fly camp in the remote South Australian outback. Everyone has told her that it’s no job for a girl, but this isn’t the first time she’s had to prove her mettle.

Project adviser Alex McKinley is happy to be as far away from the city as he can get. Recently divorced, he’s reassessing where he went wrong. Alex has nothing against women specifically. He’d just rather they weren’t working on his construction site, sharing his office, invading his space.

In the close confines of the desert camp, anything can happen, and Leah soon finds herself the centre of attention – from bothersome bureaucrats to injured workers and hordes of isolated men. But it is one man in particular who pushes her to her limits . in more ways than one.

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About Meredith Appleyard

Meredith was born and raised in the Murray Mallee region of rural South Australia. She spent most of her career as a registered nurse/midwife working in a wide range of country health practice settings, including over two years with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Meredith worked in the Northern Territory, Outback South Australia and Queensland, did agency nursing in London and volunteer work in Vietnam

When a friend challenged Meredith to do what she’d always wanted to do – write a book – she saved up, took time off work, sat down at the computer and wrote a novel. After the first rejection letter Meredith realised she needed to learn more about the craft of writing. She attended workshops, wrote, joined a writers’ group, and went on to successfully complete an Advanced Diploma of Arts – Professional Writing with the Adelaide Centre for Arts, graduating in 2009.

In 2008 Meredith entered a short story, Waiting for Harry, in the Romance Writers’ of Australia’s Little Gems competition, successfully winning a place in the annual anthology.

Meredith spent several years as a casual correspondent for the rural newspaper Flinders News, having over sixty stories published during that time.

Spending most of her life living and working in the country, Meredith’s fascination with the complexities of small rural communities, particularly the challenges of providing health services in these communities, is reflected in her novels The Country Practice and The Doctor Calling.

Meredith is married and lives with her husband Ken, in a small village in the delightful Clare Valley wine-grape growing region of South Australia.