An author talk about wine, pigs and hilarity

Published on 07 August 2019


MidCoast Council Libraries will welcome author Todd Alexander to the MidCoast from 12 August, to give a number of talks about his latest book.

Todd has been writing for over twenty years and ‘Thirty thousand bottles of wine and a pig called Helga’ is his biographical story about a not-so-perfect tree change.

“Everyone explores the idea of a tree change at some stage in their lives, or at least the idea of packing everything up and starting again,” said Chris Jones, Manager of MidCoast Council Libraries.

“We can’t wait to listen to Todd talk about this book and the funny, heart-warming adventures that brought it to life.”

Todd and his partner Jeff both enjoyed corporate success in the city, but they’ve had enough.

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?

Described as “The Birdcage meets A Country Practice” in one stellar review, ‘Thirty thousand bottles of wine and a pig called Helga’ has it all - humour, heart, wine and crazy animals.

When he’s not touring with his latest book, Todd lives in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales with his partner where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Block Eight.

Todd will be sharing his story and how the book came about at Taree Library on Monday 12 August from 5.30pm, Hallidays Point Library on Tuesday 13 August from 1pm and The Gloucester Bookshop on Tuesday 13 August from 5.30pm.

Bookings are essential and can be made at  or contact 6558 1208 to book for the Gloucester talk.