✯ Dirty Chick Books ✴ Author Antonia Murphy – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk “One month into our stay we’d managed to dispatch most of our charges We executed the chickens One of the cats disappeared clearly disgusted with our urban ways And Lucky the cow was escaping almo “One month into our stay we’d managed to dispatch most of our charges We executed the chickens One of the cats disappeared clearly disgusted with our urban ways And Lucky the cow was escaping almost daily It seemed we didn’t have much of a talent for farming And we still had eleven months to go”Antonia Murphy you might say is an unlikely farmer Born and bred in San Francisco she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinnerBut then she became a mother And when her eldest son was born with a rare mysterious genetic condition she and her husband Peter decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community So the Murphys moved to Purua New Zealand—a rural area where most residents maintained private farms complete with chickens goats and this being New Zealand sheep The result was a comic disaster and when one day their son had a medical crisis it was also a little bit terrifying Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia’s first year of life as an artisan farmer Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live Antonia soon realized that the reality is far dirtier and way disgusting than she ever imagined Among the things she learned the hard way Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholesBut for all its traumas Antonia uickly embraced farm life getting drunk on homemade wine it doesn’t cause hangovers making cheese except for the cat hair it’s a tremendously satisfying hobby and raising a baby lamb which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep Along the way she met locals as colorful as the New Zealand countryside including a seasoned farmer who took a dim view of Antonia’s novice attempts a Maori man so handy he could survive a zombie apocalypse and a woman proficient in sculpting alpaca heads made from their own wool'Part family drama part cultural study and part cautionary tale Dirty Chick will leave you laughing cringing and rooting for an unconventional heroine.
- 256 pages
- Dirty Chick
- Antonia Murphy
- 17 December 2016 Antonia Murphy