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Witty, acerbic, insightful musings from Robert Dessaix, one of Australia's finest writers.

Witty, acerbic, insightful musings from Robert Dessaix, one of Australia's finest writers.

One Sunday night in Sydney, Robert Dessaix collapses in a gutter in Darlinghurst, and is helped to his hotel by a kind young man wearing a T-shirt that says FUCK YOU. What follows are weeks in hospital, tubes and cannulae puncturing his body, as he recovers from the heart attack threatening daily to kill him.

While lying in the hospital bed, Robert chances upon Philip Larkin’s poem 'Days’. What, he muses, have his days been for? What and who has he loved – and why?

This is vintage Robert Dessaix. His often surprisingly funny recollections range over topics as eclectic as intimacy, travel, spirituality, enchantment, language and childhood, all woven through with a heightened sense of mortality.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780857989017

    October 1, 2015

    Vintage Australia

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857985767

    November 3, 2014

    Knopf Australia

    240 pages

    RRP $29.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780857985774

    November 3, 2014

    RHA eBooks Adult

    208 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Margaret Scott Prize
    2015
    Shortlisted
    Margaret Scott Prize - Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes
  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    2016
    Winner
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - Non-Fiction Award

Also by Robert Dessaix

The Pleasures of Leisure
As I Was Saying
On Humbug

Recommendations

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
The Road to Little Dribbling
The Princess Diarist
The Man Who Climbs Trees
The Boy Behind the Curtain
The Pigeon Tunnel
Everything to Live For
The Choice
When Breath Becomes Air
Lion: A Long Way Home
In Order To Live
The Map That Leads To You
Not Your Average Nurse
Life Sentence
Not All Black and White
No Place to Lay One's Head
The Fair and the Foul
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Death
Autumn