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The Vintage and the Gleaning


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Jeremy Chambers was born in 1974 and lives in Melbourne. His first novel, The Vintage and the Gleaning, was inspired by summers spent working as a vineyard labourer whilst at school and university. It was conceived over the course of a long illness, during which he was overwhelmed by unusually vivid memories.


'A small gem of a book... Tiptoe though pages of beautiful prose, nodding in admiration at lovingly rendered descriptions' Time Out. 'The rhythms of this life, the work, the terse banter among the men, and the relentless desperation are economically conveyed ... and the descriptions of ghost gums, the malignancy of circling crows and the omnipresent bleached, exhausted landscape are superb' Catherine Taylor, Guardian. 'Terrific Australian first novel ... Chambers writes very powerfully about the sadness of memory' Kate Saunders, The Times. 'This is without doubt the most distinguished first novel by an Australian writer I have read for long time' Andrew Riemer, Sydney Morning Herald. 'What a stupendous book. A wonderful, gripping story, beautifully told. He's the real thing' M.J. Hyland. 'The writing is powerful, challenging and authentic. I feel as if I've been waiting for years to read this strangely beguiling book' Alex Miller. 'Written with an authentic voice and infused with beauty, brutality and sadness, this is a compelling observation of men, women and country. A remarkably accomplished debut novel that is unputdownable' Irish Tatler. 'As a portrait of a man who goes painfully unrewarded for mending his ways, the novel is undeniably emotive' Sunday Times.

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