Shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the FALS Colin Roderick Award.
Smithy is a retired shearer turned vineyard worker. He's sober now after a lifetime of drinking, and starting to see the world with new eyes. But he still has to deal with the past, and his feelings of guilt, regret, nostalgia and loss. It is in his attempts to help Charlotte, a young woman in a desperate situation, that Smithy ultimately seeks his redemption.
Jeremy Chambers' remarkable debut novel is a mesmerising observation of men, women and country. The Vintage and the Gleaning has an authentic music, filled with beauty, brutality and sadness.
'One of the most irresistible novels I've read in a long time. The writing is powerful, challenging and utterly authentic. I feel as if I've been waiting for years to read this strangely beguiling book.' Alex Miller
Jeremy Chambers was born in 1974 and studied at the University of Melbourne, completing majors in Philosophy and English. He has also undertaken studies with the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis. He has worked as a furniture removalist, a newspaper distributor and a hardware salesman. He also trained as an amateur boxer. Jeremy lives in Melbourne.