Barley Patch

Gerald Murnane

$27.95

 

Gerald Murnane is regarded by many as Australia’s most innovative writer of fiction. Barley Patch is his first new work in fourteen years, written after a period in which he had thought he would never write fiction again.

The book begins with the question, ‘Must I write?’ What follows is both a chronicle of the images that have endured in the author’s mind, and an exploration of their nature. The clarity of the images is extraordinary, as is their range, from Mandrake the Magician to the bachelor uncle kicked in the ‘stones’ as a child, from the country cousin’s doll’s house to the mysterious woman who lets her hair down, from the soldier beetle who winks messages from God to the racehorses that run forever in the author’s mind, beyond the grasslands, to the place where the characters of fiction dwell before they come into existence in books.

Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-53-2
Epdf ISBN : 978-1-922146-01-4 
pp : 320
Published : October 2009
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About the Author

Gerald Murnane
Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He is the author of eleven works of fiction, including Tamarisk Row, The Plains, InlandBarley PatchA History of Books, A Million Windows, and Border Districts, and a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs. He is a recipient of an Emeritus Fellowship from the Australia Council, the Patrick White Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature, the Adelaide Festival Literature Award for Innovation and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His last work of fiction, Border Districts, was shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the 2018 Prime Minister's Literary Award, the 2018 ALS Gold Medal and long listed for the 2018 Voss Literary Prize.

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Awards

Barley Patch has won the 2010 Adelaide Festival Literature Award for Innovation.
Gerald Murnane has also won the 2010 Melbourne Prize for his body of work.