The Bone House



The three long essays that make up The Bone House are an extended meditation on the life of the body and the life of the mind, each based on a single theme and woven out of the same few elemental symbols of earth, and water, fire and blood, light and darkness.

What does art know that we do not? How does the image have such a hold on us all? Alongside the urge to grasp the world, to abstract and delve, is the urge to make our visions known, somehow to fix the moment in time in its fullness of meaning. In the essays, this hoard of moments takes the form of a mosaic, composed of myth, poetry and fable, of relics of the past, of explorations and illuminations and surface impressions. Set out like a commonplace book, they can be read in any sequence, or savoured for their detail.


Print ISBN : 1-920882-06-5
pp : 324 pp
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October 2005

Beverley Farmer id the author of three collections of short stories, Milk, which won the NSW Premier’s Award for Fiction, Home Time and Collected Stories; a writer’s notebook, A Body of Water, and two novels, The Seal Woman and The House in the Light, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. The Bone House has been ten years in the making.