Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 31, 2016

Book giveaway winner: Cleaning the Stables, by Morris Lurie

Cleaning the Stables

It’s time to do the draw for Morris Lurie’s Cleaning the Stables. ISBN 9781925272123, 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 In this posthumous collection we are given a feast of mostly unpublished treasures from the great literary life of Morris Lurie.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

There were eight entries for the giveaway:

  1. Irene Chernenko
  2. Michelle (MST)
  3. Christine S
  4. Bill (Wad Holloway)
  5. Sharon (Sharkell)
  6. Patricia Green
  7. M Dawn Lonnie
  8. Helen Parry

And the winner is *drumroll* No 8, Helen Parry! Congratulations, Helen:)

Please remember that it is a condition of entry that you contact me with your postal address for delivery of the book within 10 days of the date of this post.  I will pass that address on to Hybrid Publishers who will post the book direct to you. So Helen, if you don’t get in touch, using the contact address right at the bottom of the RHS menu (where I hide it from spammers in all the yada-yada about copyright) then I will re-draw  to choose a new winner.

Commiserations to those who missed out this time.  If you’d still like to read the book (and I hope you do!) please follow the link to Hybrid or buy it from Fishpond:Cleaning the Stables



  1. Hi Lisa
    Not sure if this is the correct site??.
    My address for the giveaway ” Cleaning the Stables”
    [LH Address edited].


    • Hi Helen, congratulations! Thanks for the prompt response…. I’ll delete the address from here and pass it on.


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