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    Foal'S Bread

    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.

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