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The Vintage and the Gleaning by Jeremy Chambers

The Vintage and the Gleaning

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The Vintage and the Gleaning by Jeremy Chambers

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.


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

'What a stupendous book. A wonderful, gripping story, beautifully told. He's the real thing; M.J. Hyland. MJ Hyland 'This terrific Australian first novel is set in a working world. Chambers writes very powerfully about the sadness of memory'
Kate Saunders, Sunday Times. Sunday Times

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

'I've been waiting for years to read this strangely beguiling book'
Alex Miller. 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. Irish Tatler

About the Author

Jeremy Chambers was born in 1974 and lives in Melbourne. His first novel, The Vintage and the Gleaning, was inspired by summers spent working as a vineyard labourer whilst at school and university.

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Publication date

26th April 2012


Jeremy Chambers

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Quercus Publishing


272 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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