A Body of Water

Author(s): Farmer Beverley

Memoir & Biography

A Body of Water was first published thirty years ago. The
writing of the book takes place over a year, and portrays a

complete cycle in the writer’s life. It begins on her forty-
sixth birthday, in a period of emotional inhibition and

loneliness — her marriage has broken down, and she is
living on her own. By the end of the cycle the narrator
has written short stories and poems, which are included
in the book, alongside essays about the writing process,
journal entries, excerpts from books she has been reading,
spiritual meditations, and finely detailed observations of
the life around her.
The title A Body of Water could be taken to refer to
the book’s settings along the Bellarine Peninsula in
southern Victoria, with its bays, the outer harbour, and
the lighthouse, standing like a sentinel at the entrance to
the ocean. It also suggests the diverse material which fills
the book, like a body of water with all that it contains and
nurtures. Throughout, one is aware of the the writer’s own
body, as an entity which shifts its identity like water, with
its changes of mood, relationships and reflections.


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General Fields

  • : 9781925818253
  • : Giramondo Publishing Company
  • : Giramondo Publishing Co
  • : October 2020
  • : ---length:- '21'width:- '14.8'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Farmer Beverley