The life of a soldier’s wife

By John Lewis

The life of a soldier's wife is the subject of an author's talk at Mooroopna and Euroa libraries on Thursday.

Melbourne-born Maria Augustus-Dunn married the love of her life Brad in 1990 and went on to follow the serving Australian soldier across Australia and the world as a soldier's wife.

In her first book, Married Quarter: Boots, Berets and Bloody Uniforms, Ms Augustus-Dunn gives readers a lighthearted glimpse into the world of the service family, through deployments, postings, illnesses and then into retirement.

Through humorous and sometimes emotional stories she writes about meeting the King of Cambodia, a disastrous attempt at making cheesecake, saying farewell to her husband before a 12-month deployment, arriving in Townsville in the middle of a cyclone and breaking down on the side of a road with a caravan in tow.

Married Quarter by new author Maria Augustus-Dunn.

Ms Augustus-Dunn said she and husband retired at 50 and have spent the past nine years travelling Australia — with no plans to stop.

Her memoir takes readers on a 21-year journey of the highs and lows of army life and beyond — through nine postings, two deployments, 15 jobs and one brain tumour.

Ms Augustus-Dunn will talk about her book at Euroa Library, 62 Binney St at 10.30am Thursday and at Mooroopna Library, 9 Morrell St from 7pm on the same day.

For more information, phone Goulburn Valley Regional Library on 1300 374 765.