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Hilarious, Honest, and Inspiring: Read an extract from Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga by Todd Alexander

March 15, 2019

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If you’re a city-slicker working 9 to 5 and feeling the grind of life in the Big Smoke, chances are you’ve dreamed of greener pastures, of skipping town and moving to the country to live a life of simplicity, surrounded by nature’s bounty. For many of us this dream remains just that – a dream, something we fantasise about as we sit at our desks in our dimly lit offices, churning out the work five days a week.  

Todd and his partner Jeff on the other hand, were determined to make their dream a reality. Sick of the daily grind and dull drone of corporate life, they decided to purchase 100 acres of land in the Hunter Valley wine region, where they’d build a fabulous B&B and share the joys of their new country life with other heart-weary souls.

The plan was simple, really: Todd would cook, and Jeff would renovate. They had a vineyard, which meant they could make wine. They had plenty of landso they could grow their own food, and even house a few animals. They had everything they needed to make their dreams come true, to live the life they always wanted. 

But sometimes things don’t always work out exactly as planned. Country life, whilst picturesque, is not always peaceful, especially when you are learning to make wine (which, it turn out, isn’t the easiest of feats), all the while raising a pig named Helga who, whilst painfully cute, wreaks havoc everywhere she goes.

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga is a heart-warming, honest story about a not-so-perfect tree change, and the things that we learn when we uproot our lives and start afresh. Todd’s story is both hilarious and inspiring – his farm antics are endlessly entertaining, but there are also moments of poignant insight where he generously shares the challenges he has overcome and the lessons both he and his partner have learnt. This is a memoir that not only makes you laugh and cry, but also challenges you to reflect on our lives today – are we truly happy? Is our constant pursuit of wealth distracting us from the more important things in life? And what would happen if we all just chose to slow down and live a little more simply…

For those who enjoy a good memoir, Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga has it all – humour, wit, emotion, and, most importantly, photos of Helga the pig! If you’re looking for a book that will make you chuckle, while challenging you and making you think differently about your life and your goals, then look no further – this is the book for you.

About the author:

Todd Alexander has been writing for over twenty years. His work has been published in magazines and period­icals and his first novel, Pictures of Us, was published in 2006, and Tom Houghton was published in 2015. How to Buy and Sell on has sold in excess of 30,000 copies. In 2010, his advanced guide to eBay, How to Make Money on eBay was pub­lished, followed by Why Pay Retail (2011), Get Your Business Online. . . Now! and Every Day Internet at Any Age (both in 2012), The New eBay (2013) and Check 100: Tips for a Successful eBay Business (2014). He lives in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales with his partner where they run a boutique vineyard and accommodation business, Block Eight.

Purchase a copy of Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga here


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