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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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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

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

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  • 20-04-2021

Excellent listening

Loved the book and the background stories. Highly recommended for everyone and not just fans.

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Essential listening

Listen in full, a chapter occasionally, either way it's a treat. Paul Kelly is a storyteller, his voice is essential.

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Great read thank you Mr Paul Kelly for the insight into your life and songs

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Unique presentation from a unique artist

I love the way Paul interlaces his lyrics to help tell the stories of what happened when and how it came to be. I'll be revisiting this book many times, I reckon!

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An awesome mix of personal stories & adventure

So many moments I wish I was there as a fly on the wall. It would be magical to have been in the audience during the 4 night show

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Absolutely 100% Awesome

I loved every minute of that, it could have been twice as long. I'm genuinely sad it's over. Paul Kelly is a national treasure.

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In his own voice

Great storytelling, insights into the songwriting, life on the road, and life.

Being read to by the humble worker of words & music himself is engaging, funny, touching and always authentic, a great listen

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Outstanding

What a fabulous journey through the life and the works of Paul Kelly.
He truly is a masterful storyteller both in song and in tale.
Can't recommend this enough

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Thoroughly recommend

Such a beautifully spoken man. Every song a painted story. Love, losses and lessons of mythology

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  • Mham
  • 15-11-2017

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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  • Theo
  • 14-12-2012

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.

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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
  • 15-07-2013

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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