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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 The Vintage and the Gleaning
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'The Vintage and the Gleaning is set in a winemaking town in the north-east of Victoria, close to the Murray River. Smithy is a retired shearer turned vineyard worker who has recently been forced to give up drinking after a lifetime of alcoholism. In his new sobriety he is contemplating the world in which he lives and the man he has been and become with a new understanding. Assaulted by long forgotten memories, Smithy is forced to take stock of his own past.

'Overwhelmed with feelings of regret, guilt, loss and nostalgia for the past, Smithy is trapped in a blind search for meaning as he realises that he cannot undo the repercussions of his wasted life. He is a desperate and lonely old man seeking beauty in an ugly world.

'Living in the same town is Charlotte, a young woman in a dangerous relationship, whose misfortunes have led her into an uneasy friendship with Smithy. It is in his confused and ultimately futile attempts to help Charlotte that he seeks redemption.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: To my father.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2008

Works about this Work

The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)

‘In human reckoning, Golden Ages are always already in the past. The Greek poet Hesiod, in Works and Days, posited Five Ages of Mankind: Golden, Silver, Bronze, Heroic and Iron (Ovid made do with four). Writing in the Romantic period, Thomas Love Peacock (author of such now almost forgotten novels as Nightmare Abbey, 1818) defined The Four Ages of Poetry (1820) in which their order was Iron, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To the Golden Age, in their archaic greatness, belonged Homer and Aeschylus. The Silver Age, following it, was less original, but nevertheless 'the age of civilised life'. The main issue of Peacock's thesis was the famous response that he elicited from his friend Shelley - Defence of Poetry (1821).’ (Publication abstract)

A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26 - 27 November 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news. Discusses The Vintage and the Gleaning by Jeremy Chambers, recently issued in a new edition and long-listed for the for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The Year's Work in Fiction : 2010-2011 David Whish-Wilson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 56 no. 1 2011; (p. 167-188)

— Review of Equator : A Novel Wayne Ashton , 2010 single work novel ; Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel ; Traitor Stephen Daisley , 2010 single work novel ; The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel ; The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel ; What Is Left Over, After Natasha Lester , 2008 single work novel ; The Best Australian Stories 2010 2010 anthology short story extract ; Five Bells Gail Jones , 2011 single work novel ; The Mary Smokes Boys Patrick Holland , 2010 single work novel ; Glissando : A Melodrama David Musgrave , 2010 single work novel ; Below the Styx Michael Meehan , 2010 single work novel ; Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel ; When Colts Ran Roger McDonald , 2010 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley , 2010 single work novel ; Time's Long Ruin : A Novel Stephen Orr , 2008 single work novel ; The Legacy Kirsten Tranter , 2010 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott , 2010 single work novel
Behind the Yarn-Spinning, Mateship Reveals a Cruel Side A. P. Riemer , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 September 2010; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel
Books William Yeoman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 4 September 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of Lights Out in Wonderland D. B. C. Pierre , 2010 single work novel ; The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel
The Tendrils of the Past Diane Stubbings , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 August 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel
An Excellent Drop Michael McGirr , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 August 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel
Out of the Shadows Kevin Rabalais , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 August 2010; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel
Figures in a Subtle Landscape Geordie Williamson , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 August 2010; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel
Untitled Gillian Wills , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 -5 September 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel
Vogelangst, or, the Value of a Nudge Matt Rubinstein , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 September 2008; (p. 12)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26 - 27 November 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news. Discusses The Vintage and the Gleaning by Jeremy Chambers, recently issued in a new edition and long-listed for the for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)

‘In human reckoning, Golden Ages are always already in the past. The Greek poet Hesiod, in Works and Days, posited Five Ages of Mankind: Golden, Silver, Bronze, Heroic and Iron (Ovid made do with four). Writing in the Romantic period, Thomas Love Peacock (author of such now almost forgotten novels as Nightmare Abbey, 1818) defined The Four Ages of Poetry (1820) in which their order was Iron, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To the Golden Age, in their archaic greatness, belonged Homer and Aeschylus. The Silver Age, following it, was less original, but nevertheless 'the age of civilised life'. The main issue of Peacock's thesis was the famous response that he elicited from his friend Shelley - Defence of Poetry (1821).’ (Publication abstract)

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