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Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga by Todd Alexander [©Todd Alexander]


A funny, poignant, sharply-observed story about Todd and his partner Jeff’s decision to turn their back on city life and try their hand at farming and running a boutique hotel in the renowned wine country of the Hunter Valley.

Todd and Jeff have had enough of the city.

Sick of the daily grind and workaday corporate shenanigans, they throw caution to the wind and buy 100 acres in the renowned Hunter Valley wine region, intent on living a golden bucolic life and building a fabulous B&B, where they can offer the joys of country life to heart-weary souls.

Todd will cook, Jeff will renovate. They have a vineyard, they can make wine. They have space, they can grow their own food. They have everything they need to make their dreams come true.

How hard can it be?

"Never before have I felt the responsibility for someone’s tree-change ... Todd and Jeff’s ups and downs made me laugh out loud, and 'Verjuice Schmerjuice”'says it all"  writes Maggie Beer.

"This joyously honest account of two would-be farmer/hoteliers determined to make their dream a reality will make you laugh till it hurts, and you’ll shed more than a few tears while being captivated by Todd, Jeff and their menagerie of loveable animals on their stunning Hunter Valley property".
Bradley Trevor Greive, author of The Blue Day Book & Penguin Bloom.

About the author:

Todd Alexander has been writing for over twenty years. His first novel, Pictures of Us, was published in 2006, and Tom Houghton was published in 2015. How to Buy and Sell on eBay.com.au has sold in excess of 30,000 copies.

Todd lives in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales with his partner where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Block Eight.


Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga by Todd Alexander is published by Simon & Schuster Australia (Sydney, NSW; March 2019; pb; 320pp; RRP A$32.99).

It is available in good bookshops and can be purchased online via booko.com.au »


  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

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