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Books That Saved My Life


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A profound, funny and uplifting collection of reminiscences about a life in books

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Michael McGirr is the bestselling author of Snooze- The Lost Art of Sleep, Things You Get for Free and Bypass. He has reviewed almost one thousand books for various newspapers; his short fiction has appeared in Australian and overseas publications; and he has been a publisher of Eureka Street and fiction editor at Meanjin. He teaches at St Kevin's College in Melbourne.


`For those of us similarly saved by, shaped by, the books we have loved, McGirr's beautiful essays will be deeply fortifying. The sensibility that ties them all together is both edifying and intimate; this, too, is a book that will save.' * Sarah Krasnostein, author of The Trauma Cleaner *
`His anecdotes will make you laugh out loud. If you haven't read any books by him before, seek them out.' * Good Reading *
`Books that Saved My Life captivated my immediate interest...[It] roams widely across genres...This is not a prescriptive book, instead one where McGirr shares tales of connection.' * Big Issue *
`Readers will come for the humour, but they'll stay for McGirr's haunting memories...brimming with lyrical insight and earthy humour, this debut is a rare treat.' * Publishers Weekly on Things You Get For Free *
`A fine, pared-down elegance...takes us to the heart of his sometimes complex meanings...I love the modesty of this book, its honesty and lack of pretension...Subtle, humble, wry and courteous...The moment of illumination often comes quietly or humorously, or stealthily towards the end of the essay, leaving the reader with a surprisingly powerful choke of emotion or with a laugh. It's a deeply personal collection that calls on a formidable line-up of authors...There are so many gems in this collection.' * Australian *
`From the first essay, McGirr's book feels like that of a man happy to have had the most wholesome of prayers answered: for a loving family, a happy home, satisfying work and travel. It is difficult...not to find the gratitude a little infectious...McGirr's essays are often like good sermons, with their small bits of wisdom expressed simply.' * Age *

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