“Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living” is the title of Carrie Tiffany’s debut novel:
“1. Contribute to society for
the achievement of mutual benefit.
2. The only true foundation is a fact.
3. Keep up-to-date.
4. Avoid mawkish consideration of history and religion.
5. Keep the mind flexible through the development and testing of new hypotheses.”
Robert Pettergree believes that Science holds all the answers to the problems of farming, and well, life itself. Which is just as well, as he works on the ‘Better Farming Train’, which goes all around Victoria, evangelising science to farmers. This leads him to meet Jean Finnegan, a young seamstress on the train, whom he marries. There is other expertise on the train, such as Sister Crock, who advises on baby rearing (based on a real woman called Sister Peck), and the example shown by the poor “Folly Cow”. The young couple then attempt to put Robert’s theories into practice at a farm in Wycheproof. Such is their success that the town may well have been better named “Scientistproof”…The novel is narrated by Robert and Jean, although there is a 3rd narrator to look out for, who tells the story of Robert’s sad upbringing in a scene set in a pub. “Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living” is set between the 2 World Wars, and features events such as the Great Depression. This novel has been highly praised following publication in Australia. To find out more about the author, you must visit our Carrie Tiffany page.
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