The Lake Woman by Alan Gould (Shortlisted in the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards)
An Australian soldier in British service parachutes into the roaring embattled skies of the night before D-Day, and lands in a vast lake of flooded fields. His encounter with a mysterious woman who seems to rule that water world deflects him from the war and from all the promise his life had seemed to hold.
Alan Gould was born in London in 1949 of English-Icelandic parents and lived on armed forces camps in various locations around the world before coming to Australia in 1966. He has written poetry, fiction and literary journalism, publishing eighteen books, six fiction titles, eleven poetry titles and one collection of essays. Alan served as a member of The Literature Board of The Australia Council. He has also held several fellowships from The Australia Council, been a writer in residence at many prestigious institutions and the guest at a number of Australian and international writers festivals.
The Lake Woman is one of the books shortlisted for Our Story. Voting is now open online at www.abc.net.au/yearofreading and in participating libraries and book shops. The closing date for votes is 6 January 2012.