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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2010 Paul Kelly, Distributed by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (P)2012 Penguin Group (Australia)

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A Great Read

a unique perspective from a world traveling singer-songwriter. I'll listen again and revisit his music many times.

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Paul Kelly warts and all

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Make Gravy to be better than the print version?

This audio edition makes the story come to life and is much more memorable than the print version could ever be.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and poignancy Paul brings to this life he has led up to now, may he live to write many more songs and tales.

Have you listened to any of Paul Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have only listened to his music and performances on CD and TV, so cannot compare this epic tale.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many moments that moved me , particularly the part when his mother passed away, it was very moving , sad and joyful for a life lived well.

Any additional comments?

Paul's honest account of his life to date, the good parts and the dark bad parts , told alphabetically like his performances of late make this a story well remembered.

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  • Paul
  • 07-15-13

Great companion to Paul Kelly's mongrel memoir

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Make Gravy to be better than the print version?

Paul Kelly's A-Z Recordings is a great summary of a fantastic songwriter's career. The accompanying book is also illuminating, thoughtful and funny - and having Paul as the reader for the audio version is a treat.

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  • john
  • 07-01-16

not bad

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Make Gravy to be better than the print version?

no

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

is that it?

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was able to relate to some places

Any additional comments?

the theme is a bit confusing. Jumping from one thing to something unrelated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-18

good, but not for me

Hes a great bloke, musician, and story teller. This is why I wanted to get this book, however I'm not into poetry and the way he kept throwing poems in every so often it just put me off finishing it. if you're into poetry you'll love it.

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  • janet h meadows
  • 06-20-18

Gravy

I loved this book. I didn't want it to finish. It had become like a pair of old shoes I did not want to take off.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-17

Great stories about life, love, friends & family

I really enjoyed this book. It makes it very easy to understand how Paul has been able to tell his stories through songs. A rich life shared warmly and openly.

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  • larni
  • 07-04-17

A true blue legend.

I have always been a fan of Paul Kelly and listening to him tell his story was even more special than I could have imagined. Thanks mate I totally appreciate your sense of honesty and integrity. Thank you for being you. Keeping it real.

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  • Safari Rich
  • 12-14-16

Paul Kelly is now my best mate...

I loved listening to Paul Kelly narrate this book. The 100 songs (from A-Z), read as poetry, are phenomenal, but it is wonderful to get an insight into the background, not just of the songs but also of Kelly himself. Through the songs he reveals himself piece by piece, warts and all. As an aspiring song writer I loved hearing how some of the songs came to be, the different inspirations, the creative process behind the song. "What came first, the words or the music?". After 13 odd hours (more now that I'm relistening to it, I feel like Paul Kelly is a mate and I have certainly grown in admiration for his ability to tell wonderful wonderful stories through songs. If you have even a slight interest in Paul Kelly or music in general, get this audio book and let Paul become your buddy too.

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  • Anna
  • 06-05-16

poet and storytelling afficonado

A must read memoir/collection of stories, have to hear it from the mouth of the author

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  • Sam
  • 01-22-15

exceptional storytelling

Pauls narration is outstanding, his stories insightful, honest, broad and deep. it's a great combination of fiction in his songs and reminiscing over his life.