Beverley Farmer was the recipient in 2009 of the Patrick White Award for highly creative writers who have not received much recognition for their work. This annual prize is funded by the winnings from Patrick White’s Nobel Prize award.
Even though Farmer won the NSW Premier’s Award for Milk in 1984, and The House in the Light was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin in 1996, it’s not easy to find her books. Readings has only her Collected Stories in stock, so when I saw A Body of Water at the library I grabbed it, even though I have far too many books on-the-go at the moment.
Farmer’s writing is beautiful, but work is so demanding at the moment that I need something more relaxing to read at bedtime. I’m too tired to concentrate and bring together the fragments of journal, notebook, and poems which intersperse the short stories to show the ideas and influences which inform her work. I think I’d be better off seeking out her novels, Alone (1980); The Seal Woman (1992) and The House in the Light (1995).
It wouldn’t be fair to this obviously very creative writer to write much more, and I really don’t think I could do better than Stephen Reynold’s review at Amazon.
I changed my mind about this book! Click here to see…
Author: Beverley Farmer
Title: A Body of Water, A Year’s Notebook
Publisher: University of Queensland, (UQP) 1990
Source: Kingston Library