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Something for the Pain


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* Major press interview in The Australian Magazine * Radio interviews on Radio National's Books & Arts and ABC Melbourne Jon Faine * Press reviews across all major broadsheet and online newspapers * Reviews in all major literary journals, including Australian Book Review and Sydney Review of Books * Wide talk-up mailing to be sent to major racing identities and journalists * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review, The Monthly and on their associated websites * Promotions and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups, including book lovers such as the CAE and writing groups * Early reading copies available to the trade * Significant budget for bookseller catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters * Author video available for hosting on bookseller websites and available on Text's website, YouTube and the author's website

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'Murnane, a genius, is a worthy heir to Beckett.' Teju Cole 'Murnane is a careful stylist and a slyly comic writer with large ideas.' Robyn Cresswell, Paris Review 'Murnane is quite simply one of the finest writers we have produced.' Peter Craven 'Unquestionably one of the most original writers working in Australia today.' Australian 'Something for the Pain is Gerald Murnane at his best. His meticulous exploration of his lifelong obsession with horse racing is by turns hilarious, moving and profound. If Australian writing were a horse race, Murnane would be the winner by three and a half lengths.' Andy Griffiths 'A treat-a rare glimpse into the mythology of a grand sport.' Gerard Whateley 'Fascinating...Totally intriguing, utterly hilarious.' Gideon Haigh 'A marvellous book about horse racing, one of the best this country has produced. It is full of fast and loose stories and colourful characters...and lots of laughs.' Weekend Australian 'Something for the Pain bears testament to a lifelong obsession and further illustrates the breadth and depth of meaningfulness that Murnane can draw from a seemingly straightforward spectacle. Those who are totally unfamiliar with racing will learn much - both historical and technical - about the subject, and readers who have never encountered Murnane's fiction will discover an approachable, if faintly eccentric, storyteller.' Australian Book Review 'Something for the Pain is a pleasant late work, and there is much here for those who adore Murnane's writing...It is wacky and rambling, a little like the long conversation you engage in during a soggy afternoon with the strange uncle that you have a genuine affection for.' Lifted Brow 'The best thing I've read all year...I have long admired Murnane's difficult, somewhat defensive books, but I have never loved him until now.' Readings, Best Non-Fiction Books of 2015 '[Something for the Pain] vividly illuminates the arcane world of the racetrack over a period of some 70 years...It is clear that [Murnane's] creative and spiritual life is supported by the colours, metaphors and personalities of the track.' Daily Telegraph 'Something for the Pain is not about great events. It is, however a great read.' Inside Racing 'A memoir of horse racing that speaks of triumphs and tragedies, of the infinite shades of friendship and romance, of the precision and persistence of memory, and - it its characteristically calm, direct prose as much as its contents - of virtue.' Times Literary Supplement, Best of 2015 'A perennial stayer in the Nobel Stakes.' Australian Financial Review, Best Books of 2015 'Murnane's fastidious compositional style is matched perfectly with his comic genius.' Gregory Day, Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2015 'This book, this little volume, is an absolute gem. It's literary, lucid, full of love for horses and racing and full of the strange highly-ordered madness of Murnane, full of a selfless disclosure. It's marvellous. Funny, moving, beautiful. A brilliant book.' Jonathan Green, Radio National Books and Arts, Best Books of 2015 'Murnane recounts his life through his abiding obsession with horse racing. But you don't have to care about horse racing-it's the quality of the obsessed mind that matters.' Ben Lerner, New Yorker, Books We Loved in 2015 'Yes, this is about Murnane's lifelong obsession with horseracing, but it's so much more than that. It's a memoir that illuminates his deliberately unusual life and his exquisite fiction.' Australian, Best Books of 2015 'This book is that rare thing (as, evidently, is its author): a true original...Hilarious, moving, unique: a step inside one man's passion, a key to his rich imaginative life. If you read nothing else this summer, read Something for the Pain.' Saturday Paper, Best Books of 2015 'Something for the Pain works at several levels as a literary memoir with a difference...It has great charm and humour, and carries its author's presence lightly and engagingly in a way that eludes many memoirs with similar aspirations...[It] is a significant achievement as both a social history and as a beguiling if indulgent act of autobiography.' Westerly Magazine '[Murnane's writing] has a cumulative and strangely hypnotic effect...Something for the Pain offers poignant observations on a cavalcade of characters.' Newtown Review of Books 'Murnane is one very intelligent man - and his memoir is well worth reading...The turf does infuse it all, fascinatingly so, but it's the mind behind it that shines through.' Whispering Gums 'Something for the Pain should be recommended especially to those who shy away from literary modernism. Murnane is a writer of the greatest skill and tonal control. Reading his description of the death of a racehorse in the arms of its owner-trainer at Flemington racecourse, tears rolled down my cheeks.' Financial Times 'One of the outstanding memoirs of this or any other year...simply told, and yet with an elegance to do justice to his life long passion for horse racing...the most moving conclusion to any book I have read in a long time.' Irish Echo

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