Things To Look Forward To 

David Gaunt has owned Gleebooks with partner Roger Mackell since 1976.

April 2019

Gleebooks Bookshop - Friday, March 29, 2019
Welcome to our special ‘Pre- Festival’ Gleaner. It’s fair to say that the Sydney Writers’ Festival takes over our (certainly my) lives at this time of year. Not surprising, given its size and scope, and our commitment as Festival Bookseller to be everywhere as more than 400 writers and speakers share their versions of this year’s theme, ‘Lie to Me’. Of course, we’d love to see you there, if that’s possible for you, but don’t forget the fabulous exposure the program gets, during and after, on the ABC, and the Festival podcasts which follow. There are many, many writers this year, of international and local reputation, some of whom you’ll be familiar with, and others new even to me. We have plenty of the printed program—please phone or email if you’d like us to send you a copy, otherwise you can check the program out online at

In the meantime, here are a few name—some well-known, some waiting-to-be discovered—that I’d love to see, if I wasn’t up to me ears in stacks of books: 
Ece Temelkuran, Turkish writer and political commentator; Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers and The Mars Room;  Carrie Tiffany, talking to her remarkable new novel, Exploded View; German novelist, Jenny Erpenbeck, who wrote Go, Went, Gone; British political economist William Davies on Nervous States: How Feelings Took Over the World; and Anabel Hernandez (Narcoland)—Mexican investigative journalist. Just to whet your appetite ...

And here is a snapshot of what I’ve been reading this month, and what awaits: 
Carrie Tiffany’s Exploded View is intense and dark, crystal sharp and spare, and utterly original in approach and execution. Terrific
Caro Llewellyn Diving Into Glass is a tender, uplifting, absorbing memoir, around her father’s (polio) and her own experience with multiple sclerosis—and of the devastating impact of illness, and the resilience and spirit that comes of living in the face of it.
Andrea Goldsmith’s Invented Lives is a beautifully realised, poignant story of loss, exile, assimilation and connection across the worlds of Gorbachev’s Russia and 1980s Melbourne.  
Robert Macfarlane’s Underland (publishing in May) is (for me at least, a long-awaited sequel to the masterful The Old Ways. The best writer of his generation about landscape and humanity takes a ‘deep-time’ exploration into how we related to, impacted on, and viewed our relationship to our planet. Powerful and potent and personal, it’s essential reading from a beautiful writer. 

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