The Vintage and the Gleaning

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Smithy is a retired shearer turned vineyard worker in his autumn years. It is hard graft, but Smithy has always worked with his hands. Physically all but destroyed after a lifetime of hard liquor, but now sober, he begins to see the world with new eyes, a meditative, singular figure in the town's bar on rowdy Friday nights.

But clarity can be a curse. Finally confronting his past, overwhelmed by long-buried feelings of regret, nostalgia and loss, Smithy steps in to help a young woman in a desperate situation. A cautious friendship develops, but Charlotte's husband is widely suspected of murder, and Smithy begins to fear that he will pay a high price for his gallantry.

Written with an authentic music, and infused with beauty, brutality and sadness The Vintage and the Gleaning is a compelling observation of men, women and country. A remarkably accomplished debut novel.

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'Chamber's understated account of a retired sheep shearer in a small Australian town deserves a wide readership' Catherine Taylor, Guardian.

'This terrific Australian first novel is set in a working world. Chambers writes very powerfully about the sadness of memory' Kate Saunders, Sunday Times.

'A small gem of a book ... Tiptoe through pages of beautiful prose, nodding in admiration at lovingly rendered descriptions' Time Out.

'What a stupendous book. A wonderful, gripping story, beautifully told. He's the real thing; M.J. Hyland.

'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.

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Smithy is a retired shearer turned vineyard worker in his autumn years. Physically all but destroyed by years of hard liquor, but now dry, he cuts a meditative, singular figure in the town's bar on rowdy Friday nights. Finally confronting his past, haunted by nostalgia and regret, he steps in to help a young woman in a desperate situation - a woman whose husband is widely suspected of murder. The Vintage and the Gleaning is the story of two people trying to make sense of their lives in the wake of lost years. Chambers has a unique ear for dialogue, finding his own authentic music in the laconic rhythms of rural Australia.

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