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  • Published: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781926428277
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $39.99

How to Make Gravy




A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter.

Paul Kelly is a uniquely gifted storyteller. For thirty years he has written songs of uncommon directness about everything from love and land rights to cricket and cooking. 'Before Too Long', 'To Her Door', 'Leaps And Bounds', 'Don't Start Me Talking', 'Dumb Things', 'From Little Things Big Things Grow', 'How To Make Gravy' – his songs connect generations of listeners across the country.

Now Kelly has written the memoir everyone hoped he would. How to Make Gravy mirrors the structure of his legendary A to Z shows, where he performs around a hundred of his songs alphabetically over four nights. Taking the lyrics of those songs as starting points in this book, he tells stories of his life – the highs and lows of performing, the art of songwriting, being on the road with the band, tales of his childhood, family, friends and fellow musicians. All illuminate Kelly's wide sources of inspiration, offering an unequalled portrait of the creative mind.

Playful and honest, insightful and intimate, How to Make Gravy is an irresistible reflection on both the big and little things in life.

Kelly's specially recorded versions of the A to Z songs, stripped back to their essentials as solo or duo performances, are available digitally and in a companion CB boxed set that included a 64-pages booklet of photographs. 'The pre-eminent writer of his generation.' The Weekend Australian'This book delivers.' Sun-Herald

  • Published: 3 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781926428277
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $39.99

About the author

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is editor-at-large of The Australian. He has been editor-in-chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul appears each week on Australian Agenda and before that was a regular on Insiders for nearly a decade. He is the author of nine books: The Unmaking of Gough, The Hawke Ascendancy, The End of Certainty, November 1975, Paradise Divided, 100 Years: The Australian Story, The March of Patriots, Triumph and Demise and The Dismissal.

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Awards & recognition

Australian Book Industry Awards

Winner  •  2011  •  Biography of the Year

Australian Book Industry Awards

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Book of the Year

Indie Award

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Non-Fiction

Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Awd

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Non-Fiction

National Biography Award

Shortlisted  •  2012  •  Prize for Writing for Young Adults

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted  •  2012  •  Douglas Stewart Prize

Melbourne Prize for Literature

Shortlisted  •  2013  •  Best Writing Award

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