Foal's bread by Gillian Mears has taken out the Gold Medal Award given by the Australian Literary Society. This award is given to the book that has made a considerable contribution to Australian literature.
Foal's bread is set in rural New South Wales prior to World War II and tells the Nancarrow family's stories over two generations. It's heartwrenching and beautifully composed. If you like horses you'll love it. If you don't like horses, you will by the end of the book. Come to the next Ashburton booktalk 8 August 11am and hear a full review of Foal's bread.
There was some tough competition for Mears. The following books were also nominated:
People of earth by Chris Edwards
All that I am by Anna Funder
Five bells by Gail Jones
The street sweeper by Elliot Perlman
New and selected poems by Gig Ryan.