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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 As I Was Saying
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'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.' (Publisher's blurb)

Contents

* Contents derived from the North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,:Random House Australia , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
On Noise and Silence, Robert Dessaix , single work prose (p. 9-24)
On the Nose, Robert Dessaix , single work prose (p. 25-32)
Conversation, Robert Dessaix , single work prose (p. 33-43)
Note: The version published in As I Was Saying contains a short extract from Dessaix's book Arabesques.
Letters to an Unknown Friend, Robert Dessaix , single work essay
Robert Dessaix provides a personal overview of the history, and role, of the essay.
(p. 44-64)
Vladivostok, Robert Dessaix , single work prose travel (p. 65-82)
Postcard from Damascus, Robert Dessaix , single work prose travel (p. 83-88)
Alexandria, Robert Dessaix , single work prose travel
Dessaix draws on the works of Durrell, Forster and Cavafy in this prose piece about travels to Alexandria, Egypt.
(p. 89-106)
Beauty, Robert Dessaix , single work essay (p. 116-137)
Caught You! Reflections on Being Painted, Robert Dessaix , single work essay (p. 138-164)
Australia, Robert Dessaix , single work essay (p. 165-183)
So Long, Mate, Robert Dessaix , single work prose (p. 184-191)
The Subjunctive, Robert Dessaix , single work prose (p. 192-200)
Swearing, Robert Dessaix , single work prose (p. 201-212)
On Phrasebooks, Robert Dessaix , single work prose (p. 213-220)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2012 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 220p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: March 2012
      ISBN: 1742753078 (pbk), 9781742753072 (pbk.)
Alternative title: Jak już mówiłem : rozważania
Language: Polish

Other Formats

Works about this Work

Book Review : As I Was Saying Emily Sutherland , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
A Life Spent on the Self Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 March-1 April 2012; (p. 36)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
Devilishly Engaging Meanders Sara Dowse , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 March 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
An Idle Mind Creates Thoughtful Reflection Owen Richardson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 17 March 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
Grab-Bag of Thoughts on Road to Discovery Gillian Wills , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 March 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
Grand Illusion Jane R. Goodall , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 339 2012; (p. 50-51)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
Grab-Bag of Thoughts on Road to Discovery Gillian Wills , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 March 2012; (p. 18-19)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
An Idle Mind Creates Thoughtful Reflection Owen Richardson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 17 March 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
Devilishly Engaging Meanders Sara Dowse , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 March 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
A Life Spent on the Self Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 March-1 April 2012; (p. 36)

— Review of As I Was Saying Robert Dessaix , 2012 selected work essay autobiography prose
As Robert was Saying Gail Bell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , March no. 76 2012; (p. 46-49)
Robert Dessaix : In Praise of Idleness. Like a Dog. But Not a Cat. W. H. Chong , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Crikey , April 2012;
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