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Foal's Bread - Gillian Mears

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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.

About the Author

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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  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Page turner (3)
  • Well written (3)

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    5.0

    The best book I read in 2012.

    By Ex-Maleny Woman

    from Central Coast NSW

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Lyrical Prose
    • Page Turner
    • Poetic
    • Suspenseful
    • Thoroughly researched
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Language Challenging

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    Comments about Foal's Bread:

    I loved reading this book.

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    5.0

    best book I have read in 2012

    By horsemad reader

    from Busselton WA

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      Comments about Foal's Bread:

      such a beautiful book full of reality and honesty. Having been a horse rider for over 28 years I cannot fault the horse related details but the beauty in this book is in the characters and how they cope with life. They are real and you love them for their faults.

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      1.0

      Foals Bread

      By Sam

      from QLD

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      • Difficult To Follow
      • Disappointing
      • Not What I expected

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        I was dissapointed with this book.
        The story was very poorly written and difficult to follow. I had to keep re-reading sections to follow the storyline.
        The author had engaging characters and a very good plot - just wished that the story followed a bit more. Very choppy in sections.

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        3.0

        Feeling stressed...don't read

        By Wombat

        from Canberra

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          Definately an aggressive story and quite a stressful dysfunctional family story.

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          5.0

          Wonderfully Australian

          By prose

          from Sydney

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            Beautiful characters and a wonderful story.

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            ISBN: 9781743311851
            ISBN-10: 1743311850
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 376
            Published: 1st September 2012
            Publisher: Allen & Unwin
            Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.7
            Weight (kg): 0.33