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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.

In a memoir that has been greeted with acclaim by critics and adulation by fans, Kelly takes the lyrics of his songs as starting points to tell the 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 CD boxed set that included a 64-pages booklet of photographs.

'A carnival of ideas . . . The flavour of Kelly – his openness and honesty and passion for the detail of life – he suffuses the book . . . The closest we've come to an insight into the thoughts and work methods of this great poet.' Weekly Review

'The pre-eminent writer of his generation. His body of work stands against any novelist, playwright or filmmaker as the definitive narrative of recent decades.' Weekend Australian

‘Perhaps the finest and most unflinching autobiography ever written by an Australian musician.’ Noel Mengel

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143795995

    December 3, 2018

    Penguin

    576 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781926428277

    October 3, 2011

    Hamish Hamilton Australia

    576 pages

    RRP $48.00

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  • Audio CD

    9781926428321

    November 30, 2011

    Hamish Hamilton Australia

    36 pages

    RRP $70.00

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  • EBook

    9781742531441

    September 22, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    576 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2011
    Winner
    Biography of the Year
  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Book of the Year
  • Indie Award
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Non-Fiction
  • Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Awd
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • Prime Minister's Literary Award
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Non-Fiction
  • National Biography Award
    2012
    Shortlisted
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2012
    Shortlisted
    Douglas Stewart Prize
  • Melbourne Prize for Literature
    2013
    Shortlisted
    Best Writing Award

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