As I Was Saying

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'This is a teasing grab-bag of thoughts, memories, anecdotes and effronteries that achieves luxurious coherence.' -- Weekend Australian

 
As I Was Saying, Robert Dessaix

'This is a teasing grab-bag of thoughts, memories, anecdotes and effronteries that achieves luxurious coherence.' -- Weekend Australian

As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide range of subjects, as well as by some of his most incisive journalism, the conversation invites the reader to join a leisurely guided tour of his chamber of curiosities, featuring pieces collected all over the globe from across the centuries.

Whether writing home from Vladivostock or Damascus, discussing what makes for good conversation or thinking aloud about the paintings, poems and books he loves, Dessaix always writes with an intimacy and attentiveness that beguile, entertain and make his readers eager for new discoveries.

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  • Paperback
    $27.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742753072
    Published: 01/03/2012
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 224 pages
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    ISBN: 9781742753089
    Published: 01/03/2012
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 224 pages
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"It is a wonderfully rich and challenging piece. This book is energised with colour and the virtuosity of language. It is a book to muse over by taking a walk." - Christopher Bantick, Sunday Magazine, Hobart

"This is a teasing grab-bag of thoughts, memories, anecdotes and effronteries that achieves luxurious coherence." - Gillian Wills, Weekend Australian

"In an era where the art of good conversation is replaced by tweets and status updates, Dessaix represents a refreshing blast from the good old days when thoughts longer than 140 characters actually mattered." - William Verity, Illawarra Mercury

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Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster and occasional essayist. From 1985 to 1995, after teaching Russian language and literature for many years at the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, he presented the weekly Books and Writing program on ABC Radio National. In more recent years he has also presented radio series on Australian public intellectuals and great travellers in history, as well as regular programs on language.

His best-known books, all translated into several European languages, are his autobiography A Mother's Disgrace; the novels Night Letters and Corfu; a collection of essays and short stories (And So Forth); and the travel memoirs Twilight of Love and Arabesques. In 2012 he published the collection of pieces, As I Was Saying. His most recent book is What Days Are For (November, 2014). A full-time writer since 1995, Robert Dessaix lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

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