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Reflecting on a life lived

LUCRATIVE LAUNCH: Kumbia writer Alice Greenup will publicly launch her memoir next Friday.
LUCRATIVE LAUNCH: Kumbia writer Alice Greenup will publicly launch her memoir next Friday. Contributed

FOR Alice Greenup writing a gripping memoir of the second 20 years of her life may well be something that will shape the next 20.

The former city girl has recounted her progression from a footloose backpacker to being an integral part of the Greenup family empire.

From her home of Cardowan, just outside Kumbia, with her husband Rick and three children by her side Mrs Greenup has constructed an honest recollection of both the good and bad times.

She said writing a memoir, destined to be published or not, was a great opportunity.

"Even if it was never published I have really treasured the experience," she said.

"It is lovely to walk slowly back through your courtship and all those things you fell in love with.

"I feel like you can always be looking forward but it is nice to look back and reflect.

"You can look back and see how all of the dots are joined in your life but when you are in the middle of it you can't always see that."

Mrs Greenup was one of five women recognised nationally as part of the 2006 inspiring rural women awards.

She said she was approached by an agent and Harper Collins about the possibility of writing a memoir.

"So I submitted some writing and an outline and was then contracted to complete the book," she said.

And it has been five years in the making.

"I mainly write over summer because I am very busy with our business and young family at other times during the year," she said.

"Over three summers I've done three re-writes and then in 2012 I completed the final proofing."

The new release, Educating Alice, will be publicly launched at the Kingaroy Library on Friday, March 1 from 3pm.

Excerpt from Educating Alice by Alice Greenup

"Alice was once a footloose city backpacker who couldn't tell a bull from a cow and was hardly the ideal candidate to answer an ad for a governess on a Queensland cattle station.

"She was game for anything, until she was bowled over by a handsome young jackaroo with a devastating smile.

"It was the start of a whole new way of life as Alice gave up her city-chick persona to embrace the bush and all that came with it - horses, cattle, the obsession with rain - and the correct way to wear a hat.

"After overcoming more than a few obstacles, the unlikely couple eventually married, then gambled their dreams on a vast property called Jumma.

"It was a huge risk but with a lot of love, blood, sweat and tears, they were on their way.

"Until one morning a routine muster went horribly wrong.

"What followed tested their love to the limit."

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