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A Body of Water

368 pages
Paperback with flaps, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published October 2020
ISBN 9781925818253

A Body of Water

Beverley Farmer

This is a new edition of Beverley Farmer’s out of print classic A Body of Water, which in its mixing of genres – essay, memoir, fiction, folk tale – opened up new frontiers for Australian literature.

The innovative qualities of A Body of Water were further developed in Farmer’s subsequent works The Bone House and This Water: Five Tales, both published by Giramondo.

A Body of Water was first published thirty years ago. The writing of the book takes place over a year, and portrays a complete cycle in the writer’s life. It begins on her forty-sixth birthday, in a period of emotional inhibition and loneliness – her marriage has broken down, and she is living on her own. By the end of the cycle the narrator has written short stories and poems, which are included in the book, alongside essays about the writing process, journal entries, excerpts from books she has been reading, spiritual meditations, and finely detailed observations of the life around her.

The title A Body of Water could be taken to refer to the book’s settings along the Bellarine Peninsula in southern Victoria, with its bays, the outer harbour, and the lighthouse, standing like a sentinel at the entrance to the ocean. It also suggests the diverse material which fills the book, like a body of water with all that it contains and nurtures. Throughout, one is aware of the writer’s own body, as an entity which shifts its identity like water, with its changes of mood, relationships and reflections.


Special Offer

For a limited time we are offering three works by Beverley Farmer – A Body of WaterThe Bone House and This Water: Five Tales – in a special bundle.

Normally valued at $85 this bundle is offered at $65.

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About the Author

Beverley Farmer

Beverley Farmer (1941–2018) was the author of four collections of short stories, including Milk, which won the NSW Premier’s Award for Fiction, and A Body of Water, and the novels Alone, The Seal Woman and The House in the Light, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. This Water: Five Tales was longlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. It was her last work of fiction.

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Awards

Finalist, AGDA Design Awards, Publications.

Shortlisted, 2021 Australian Book Design Awards, Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover.

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Special offer on Beverley Farmer

We are offering three works by Beverley Farmer – A Body of Water, The Bone House and This Water: Five Tales – in a special bundle.

Normally valued at $85 this bundle is offered at $65.

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