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As I Was Saying
As I Was Saying

As I Was Saying

A Collection of Musings


220 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: August 2012

ISBN 9781742753072

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Random House Australia (Aug 2012)
Vintage Australia

Price: $24.95


As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sports 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.


"It is a wonderfully rich and challenging piece. This book is energised with color and the virtuosity of language. It is a book to muse over by taking a walk."  —Christopher Bantick, Sunday Magazine, Hobart 

"No description can do justice to this moving work. . . . Gracefully written, saturated with the sorrows and joys of years."  —Kirkus Reviews on Twilight of Love

"A teasing grab-bag of thoughts, memories, anecdotes, and effronteries that achieves luxurious coherence."  —Weekend Australian

"In an era where the art of good conversation is replaced by tweets and status updates, Dessaix represents a refreshing blast from the good old days when thoughts longer than 140 characters actually mattered."  —Illawarra Mercury

Author Biography

Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster, and occasional essayist. From 1985 to 1995 he presented the weekly Books and Writing program on ABC Radio National. In more recent years he has also presented radio series on Australian public intellectuals and great travelers in history, as well as regular programs on language. He is the author of Night Letters and Twilight of Love.