Gillian Mears grew up in the northern New South Wales towns of Grafton and Lismore. Her short-story collections and novels have won major prizes. Her books include Ride a Cock Horse, Fineflour, The Mint Lawn (Vogel Literary Award), The Grass Sister (regional Commonwealth Writers Prize) and A Map of the Gardens (Steele Rudd Award). More recently she has been living in the Adelaide Hills, where she wrote Foal's Bread. Foal's Bread, released in 2012, has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and has won the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction.