Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 9, 2016

Book giveaway: Cleaning the Stables, by Morris Lurie

Cleaning the Stables

As you know if you read my recent review of Rappaport (in Rappaport Compleat), I am a fan of the late Morris Lurie, so I am pleased to be able to offer another Giveaway, this time for a most interesting work called Cleaning the Stables. also published by Hybrid Publishers here in Melbourne.

This is the publisher’s blurb:

Shortly before his death in 2014, an elderly man brought his publisher friend a crumpled purple folder filled with type-­‐written pages. Cleaning the Stables he called it: a selection of stories, poems and a recipe that he didn’t want left behind. In this posthumous collection we are given a feast of mostly unpublished treasures from the great literary life of Morris Lurie. Written in the wry and ironic style he was celebrated for, these pieces are sometimes odd, always clever, and at times profoundly moving as they give us insight into a man who had a truly unique way of interpreting and writing about the world around him.

Author Info Morris Lurie  (1938  – 2014) has written more than thirty books including Flying Home, selected by the National Book Council as one of the ten best Australian books of its decade; The Twenty-­‐Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race, voted by the schoolchildren of Victoria their favourite young storybook by an Australian author; and the Bicentennial Award-­‐winning autobiography, Whole Life.  Morris Lurie was the recipient of the Patrick White Award in 2006.

“one of the most significant Australian writers of his generation” – Peter Pierce, editor of the Cambridge History of Australian Literature.

“a sharp, rare writer with an acerbic wit”  –Kevin Childs, The Guardian



Be in it to win it!  Anyone with an Australian postal address is eligible.  Please indicate your interest in the Comments box below and I’ll select a winner using a random generator round about the end of this month.

All entries from readers with an Australian postcode for delivery will be eligible but it is a condition of entry that if you are the winner, you must contact me with a postal address by the deadline that will be specified in the blog post that announces the winner.   (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met).  I will pass on the postal address to Hybrid Press and they will post the book to the winner.

BTW I’ve had people tell me that they are shy about entering if they’ve already won a giveaway.  Please don’t feel bashful, you can enter as many giveaways as you like!


  1. Hello, Lisa! Wry and ironic, odd and clever sounds perfect! Please enter me in the draw.


  2. Count me in too, please!


  3. Entry for competition


  4. Yes please Lisa, count me in. And I might have to re-read Flying Home which I see I have on a distant dusty shelf but don’t remember at all.


    • Please do, I’d love to read a review of that one…


  5. Thanks for your last comment – I fit squarely into that category but would love to win a copy of this.


  6. Please enter me would love a book by Lurie


  7. Pick me pick me…. please.


    • *chuckle* We’ll have to wait and see what the Random Number Generator comes up with!


  8. Count me in…😊


    • Will do, Helen, thanks for entering:)


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