Paul Kelly is a uniquely gifted storyteller, and here, using his lyrics as starting points, he reads stories of his life and his songs, including 'Before Too Long', 'To Her Door', 'Leaps And Bounds', 'Don't Start Me Talking', 'Dumb Things', 'From Little Things Big Things Grow' and 'How To Make Gravy'.
Mirroring the structure of his legendary A to Z shows - where he performs around a hundred of his songs alphabetically over four nights - Kelly describes 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.
He is then joined by special guests on a bonus disc as some of Australia's finest actors - Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Judy Davis and Ben Mendelsohn - each read a selected chapter. Playful and honest, insightful and intimate, How to Make Gravy is an irresistible reflection on both the big and little things in life.
Paul Kelly has recorded seventeen studio albums as well as several film soundtracks and live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years. His prose has appeared in Meanjin, The Monthly, Rolling Stone and The Age. OVER 17 HOURS UNABRIDGED ON 16 CDs READ BY THE AUTHOR plus BONUS DISC paulkelly.com.au
'The pre-eminent writer of his generation.' The Weekend Australian
'This book delivers.' Sun-Herald
SHORTLISTED FOR 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction Indie Book of the Year Award - No-fiction