Foal's Bread

Foal's Bread

by Gillian Mears

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/11/2011

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"The sound of horses' hooves turns hollow on the farms west of Wirri. If a man can still ride, if he hasn't totally lost the use of his legs, if he hasn't died to the part of his heart that understands such things, then he should go for a gallop. At the very least he should stand at the road by the river imagining that he's pushing a horse up the steep hill that leads to the house on the farm once known as One Tree." Set in hardscrabble farming country and around the country show high-jumping circuit that prevailed in rural New South Wales prior to the Second World War, Foal's Bread tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family and their fortunes as dictated by the vicissitudes of the land. It is a love story of impossible beauty and sadness, a chronicle of dreams 'turned inside out', and miracles that never last, framed against a world both tender and unspeakably hard.
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Gillian Mears

Gillian Mears grew up in the northern New South Wales town of Grafton. Acclaim came early, with her short-story collections and novels winning major prizes.

Her books include Ride a Cock Horse (1988), The Mint Lawn (1991), winner of the Australian/Vogel Literary Award, and The Grass Sister (1995). A Map of the Gardens (2002) won the 2003 Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award.

Her eagerly awaited third novel, Foal’s Bread, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2011. It is the winner of The Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction, The Age Book of the Year for Fiction and the ALS Gold Medal, all awarded in 2012. It was shortlisted for The Indie Awards (2012), the Barbara Jefferis Award (2012), the Miles Franklin Literary Award (2012) and the ABIA (Australian Book Industry Awards) Book of the Year (2012).

Her children’s story, The Cat With the Coloured Tail, was published by Walker Books Australia. Gillian died at home in Grafton on 16 May 2016. She is sorely missed and remembered with loving gratitude.

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