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Name  Gillian Mears
Role  Short story writer
Education  University of Sydney

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Books  Foal's Bread, The mint lawn, Fineflour, A map of the gardens, The grass sister

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Gillian Mears (21 July 1964 – 16 May 2016) was an Australian short story writer and novelist. Her books Ride a Cock Horse and The Grass Sister won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, shortlist, in 1989 and 1996, respectively. The Mint Lawn won The Australian/Vogel Award. In 2003, A Map of the Gardens won the Steele Rudd Award.


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Mears was born at Lismore Base Hospital, and raised in Grafton, New South Wales where she was school dux of Grafton High School.

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She moved to Sydney to study at university, beginning a degree in archaeology at the University of Sydney having been inspired to pursue a career in archaeology after reading Gods, Graves and Scholars by C. W. Ceram. At the age of 18, she withdrew from the course, and instead completed a degree in communications at University of Technology, Sydney.

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She lived near Grafton, New South Wales. She died in May 2016 after living with multiple sclerosis for seventeen years.

Awards and honors

  • 1989 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, shortlist, Ride a Cock Horse
  • 1990 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, winner, The Mint Lawn
  • 1996 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, shortlist, The Grass Sister
  • 2003 Steele Rudd Award, winner, A Map of the Gardens
  • 2012 Miles Franklin Award, shortlist, Foal's Bread
  • 2012 Australian Literature Society, Gold Medal, Foal's Bread
  • 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Fiction Award, Foal's Bread
  • Novels

  • The Mint Lawn, Allen & Unwin, 1991, ISBN 978-1-86373-016-7
  • The Grass Sister, Alfred A. Knopf, 1995, ISBN 978-0-09-183121-9
  • Foal's Bread, Allen & Unwin, 2011, ISBN 978-1-74237-629-5
  • Short stories

  • Ride a Cock Horse Pascoe Publishing, 1988, ISBN 978-0-947087-12-8
  • Fineflour. University of Queensland Press. 1990. ISBN 978-0-7022-2311-2. 
  • Collected stories, University of Queensland Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-7022-2950-3
  • A map of the gardens: stories, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2002, ISBN 978-0-330-36346-4
  • Non-fiction

  • Paradise is a place, Photographer Sandy Edwards, Random House Australia, 1997, ISBN 978-0-09-183641-2
  • Memoir

  • Alive in Ant and Bee
  • Children's book

  • The Cat With The Coloured Tail, Walker Books, 2015, ISBN 9781922077400 (illustrated by Dinale Dabarera)
  • References

    Gillian Mears Wikipedia