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), Fineflour (1990), winner of a Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, The Mint Lawn (1991) winner of the Australian/Vogel Literary Award, and The Grass Sister (1995), winner of the regional Commonwealth Prize for Best Book. A Map of the Gardens (2002) won the 2003 Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award.
In 2012 Gillian Mears was awarded the Australian Literary Society (ASL) Gold Medal for Foal's Bread. The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work and has been in existence since 1928. For more information about the award please click here
Published: October 2016
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.
Published: September 2012
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.
Published: November 2011
Winner of the 1990 Australian/Vogel Award, GIllian Meares' debut novel is set on the north coast of New South Wales and tells the story of the varied relationships and personal growth of a 25-year-old woman in a rural community.