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Beverley Farmer and the solitude of the writing life

“My 46th birthday, and no end in sight to the long struggle to come to terms with this isolation, this sterility … Not one story has achieved its being in my hands for nearly two years now.”

In February 1987, when she wrote these words, Beverley Farmer was the author of two collections of short fiction and a short novel, Alone, which had won attention for its vivid and uncompromising portrayal of same-sex passion.

  • Owen Richardson
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

Her next book would be 1990’s A Body of Water, now reissued, a …

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