Smithy is a retired shearer turned vineyard worker in his autumn years.
It is hard graft, but Smithy has always worked with his hands.
Physically all but destroyed after a lifetime of hard liquor, but now sober, he begins to see the world with new eyes, a meditative, singular figure in the town's bar on rowdy Friday nights.
But clarity can be a curse. Finally confronting his past, overwhelmed by long-buried feelings of regret, nostalgia and loss, Smithy steps in to help a young woman in a desperate situation.
A cautious friendship develops, but Charlotte's husband is widely suspected of murder, and Smithy begins to fear that he will pay a high price for his gallantry.
Written with an authentic music, and infused with beauty, brutality and sadness The Vintage and the Gleaning is a compelling observation of men, women and country.
A remarkably accomplished debut novel.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 26/04/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781780871639