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Extraordinary life revealed

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August 09, 2017

Author Andrea Palmer with a copy of her book Plum.

Goulburn Valley residents will have the chance to hear Gundowring author Andrea Palmer speak about her book Plum: from Bihar to Berkeley, the extraordinary life of Plum Rutherford Haet during her regional library tour.

Plum is the true story of Rhonda Lilian Rutherford — more widely known as Plum — who led an extraordinary life as the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat.

Plum spent her early childhood in India during the final days of the Raj where she dined with maharajahs and took part in tiger hunting in Nepal until she was sent to boarding school in England and Australia.

After serving in the Burmese Army and travelling the world in the 1950s, Plum married American doctor Martin ‘‘Muddy’’ Haet and they had two children.

Following his death Plum became a student at Berkeley, California, and later a controversial sociology lecturer protesting against the Vietnam War and enjoying the rebellious freedoms of the 1960s and 1970s.

Ms Palmer spent seven years writing and researching the story and spoke to Plum and many of her friends and family members.

‘‘The story is unique, it’s 100 per cent true and none of it’s exaggerated in any way,’’ she said.

Ms Palmer said it was interesting to trace Plum’s life from her wealthy upbringing to her more bohemian lifestyle as an adult.

Ms Palmer was looking forward to coming to the Goulburn Valley and talking about her book.

‘‘If people are considering doing any research into ancestors or family trees I can provide a lot of ideas about where to start looking,’’ she said.

Andrea Palmer will speak about her book Plum: from Bihar to Berkeley, the extraordinary life of Plum Rutherford Haet at the Cobram library at 10.30am and Numurkah library at 2pm on Monday, August 21.

Bookings must be made by Friday, August 18.

Ms Palmer will also speak at the Euroa library at 10.30am and Shepparton library at 2.30pm on Wednesday, August 23.

Bookings are required for the Shepparton library talk by Monday, August 21, and the Euroa talk by noon Tuesday, August 22.

To book, phone Goulburn Valley Libraries on 1300374765.

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