Foal's Bread

Gillian Mears
NZD $36.99

A special hardback edition of the award-winning novel about two generations of the Nancarrow family and the high-jumping horse circuit prior to the Second World War, published to commemorate the life and work of Gillian Mears, 1964 - 2016.

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.

SECOND OPTION, FROM p.i OF UPDATED TEXT: 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 the 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 fate and 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 heartbreakingly tender and unspeakably hard.

With luminous prose and an aching affinity for the landscape, Foal s Bread is the work of a born writer at the height of her considerable powers. It is a novel of remarkable originality and virtuosity, which confirms Gillian Mears reputation as one of Australia s most exciting and acclaimed authors.

Author bio:

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.

Category: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9781760294991
Edition No: Gift
Awards: Short-listed Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, Fiction 2014 AU; Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2013 AU; Short-listed West Australian Premier's Book Award 2012 AU; Short-listed Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year 2012 AU; Short-listed Nita B. Kibble Award 2012 AU; Short-listed Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012 AU; Short-listed Barbara Jefferis Award 2012 AU; Short-listed Indie Awards, Fiction prize 2012 AU; Winner Colin Roderick Award 2012 AU; Winner Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2012 AU; Winner The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction 2012 AU; Winner 60th Annual Book Design Awards, Best Designed Literary Fiction 2012 AU; Winner ALS Gold Medal 2012 AU; Winner Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction 2012 AU
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2016
Page Extent: 376
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Literary fiction