Vale Gillian Mears (1964-2016)

FoalsBreadFrom the ABC:

“The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51.

Mears died on her family’s property near Grafton, in northern New South Wales, earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago.

Her works Ride a Cock Horse and The Grass Sister won Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, and her novel The Mint Lawn won the Vogel Literary Award in 1990.

In 2012, her first novel in 16 years — Foal’s Bread — was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and won the fiction prize in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

She was also well known as an advocate for voluntary euthanasia.”