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Win one of five copies  of Hare’s Fur by Trevor Shearston, valued at  $27.99  each.

Russell Bass is a potter living on the  edge of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

His wife has been dead less than a year and, although he has a few close friends, he is living a mostly solitary life.

Each month he hikes into the valley  below his house to collect rock for glazes from a remote creek bed.

One autumn morning, he finds a chocolate wrapper on the path. His curiosity leads him to a cave where three siblings – two young children and a teenage girl –  are camped out, hiding from social services and the police.

Although they bolt at first, Russell slowly gains their trust, and, little by little, this unlikely group of outsiders begin to form a fragile bond. Hare’s Fur tells an exquisite  story of grief, kindness, art and the  transformation that can grow from the  seeds of trust.

To enter, tell us what does Russell collect from a remote creek bed?


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Hare's Fur

What a swift odd turn his life had taken. A teenage girl with a ring in her nose was sliding ware into his drying racks. Russell Bass is a potter living on the edge of Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains. His wife has been dead less than a year and, although he has a few close friends, he is living a mostly solitary life. Each month he hikes into the valley below his house to collect rock for glazes from a remote creek bed. One autumn morning, he finds a chocolate wrapper on the path. His curiosity leads him to a cave where three siblings — two young children and a teenage girl — are camped out, hiding from social services and the police. Although they bolt at first, Russell slowly gains their trust, and, little by little, this unlikely group of outsiders begin to form a fragile bond. In luminous prose that captures the feel of hands on clay and the smell of cold rainforest as vividly as it does the minute twists and turns of human relationships, Hare’s Fur tells an exquisite story of grief, kindness, art, and the transformation that can grow from the seeds of trust.


Terms and conditions

Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand from 1 March 2019 to 31 March 2019. 2. Employees and the immediate families of the promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible. 3. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4. The first correct entries drawn from the competition on 1 April 2019 will win a copy of the book. 5. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 6. The winners of the prizes will be notified by email in April 2019.