The long-awaited new novel from the award-winning author of The Grass Sister tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family and the high-jumping horse circuit prior to the Second World War. A love story of impossible beauty and sadness, it is also a chronicle of dreams 'turned inside out', and miracles that never last, framed against a world both tender and unspeakably hard.
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. Written in luminous prose and with an aching affinity for the landscape the book describes, Foal's Bread is the work of a born writer at the height of her considerable powers. It is a stunning work of remarkable originality and power, one that confirms Gillian Mears' reputation as one of our most exciting and acclaimed writers.
Winner, 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction
Shortlisted, 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Christina Stead Prize
Shortlisted, Indie Awards 2012, Fiction category
WC Winner, 2012 ALS Gold Medal
Shortlisted, 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award
Shortlisted, 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award
Shortlisted, 2012 Nita B. Kibble Award WC
Shortlisted, 2012 ABIA (Australian Book Industry Awards) Book of the Year 2012
Winner, 60th Annual Book Design Awards 2012, Best Designed Literary Fiction
Shortlisted, 2012 WA Premier's Book Award
Winner, 2012 The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction
Winner, 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction
Winner, 2012 Colin Roderick Award
Gillian Mears grew up in the northern New South Wales towns of Grafton and Lismore. Acclaim came early, with her short-story collections and novels winning major prizes. Her books include Ride a Cock Horse, Fineflour, The Mint Lawn, The Grass Sister and A Map of the Gardens. More recently she has been living in the Adelaide Hills, where she wrote Foal's Bread.
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