Foal's Bread - PB

Foal's Bread - PB


Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction.
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Code: GMISBN: 9781743311851Format: PaperbackPages: 361 pagesCountry of Origin: AustraliaAuthor: Mears, GillianPublisher: Allen & UnwinAge Group: General AdultSize: 13 x 20 cms cms
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Equitainment's Comments

I read this whole book in not much more than one sitting, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. It's listed by the publisher as a love story which put me off a bit, as I'm not a big fan of traditional romance fiction, but this one is different. Set in northern NSW just prior to WW2, it beautifully portrays what living, loving and family life was like in the post-depression years for those scratching a living off the land.

The harsh times which brought about even harsher decisions might be difficult to understand now, but the desire to win, to succeed where others have failed, the love of a brilliantly talented horse and the comradery of the Australian Agricultural Show circuit will certainly hit a chord with all horse people who read this book.

If you're looking for something a little different and uniquely Australian, then certainly give this book a go. The end is a little frustrating (I'm a sucker for a fairy tale) but it certainly leaves an impression. Enjoy!

Jody xxxx

PS I just have been thinking about the old high-jump classes and looked up the world record on the internet. According to the Guiness Book of Records the official FEI records at 2.47 m (8 ft 1.25 in) by Huaso (ex-Faithful), ridden by Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales (Chile) at Viña del Mar, Santiago, Chile on 5 February 1949 which is also one of the longest standing world records. So two world records in one great leap!

Product Overview

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.


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.


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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