The Vintage and the Gleaning by Jeremy Chambers

The Vintage and the Gleaning

Jeremy Chambers

A simple story. Moving between the vineyards and bars of rural Australia, rich in dialogue and evoking a strong sense of place is the story of Smithy and Charlotte. Brought together by circumstances at something of a crossroads for both, lives are made sense of and decisions made.


More men, more voices, noise rising, low and dull, but growing loud all the same. They stand at the bar, sit on stools, flicking glowing cigarette butts into the trough at the bottom of the bar, the trough smouldering, resting their elbows against the brass pole that runs flush with the bar, the plating scratched and gouged through to the steel by the knives of men bored or angry or just drunk and the many silver cuts flash along the pole and the men lean against it, pots in their hands, pots on the bar towel, pots on the cardboard coasters with the emblems of breweries going sodden from running suds and they take off their hats, weary from the day.

  • The Turning by Tim Winton
  • Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
  • Martha, Jack and Shanco by Caryl Lewis

Books with similar mood

Whatever Happened to Billy Parks

Gareth R Roberts

Nelson's Daughter

Miranda Hearn

A Little Stranger

Kate Pullinger


Bruce McCabe

How to Read the Air

Dinaw Mengestu

Deaf Sentence

David Lodge

Let's Twist Again

Leo Cullen

Double Negative

Ivan Vladislavic

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

Green Man Running

Georgina Hammick

The Happiest Days

Cressida Connolly


Heidi Jon Schmidt

PS, I Love You

Cecelia Ahern

Catching the Light

Karen Powell

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

The Pocket Guide to Being an Indian Girl

B K Mahal

Silences from the Spanish Civil War

Jane Duran

Pears on a Willow Tree

Leslie Pietrzyk

Ghost World

Daniel Clowes

No Christian Grave

Edmund Power

Five Photos of my Wife

Agnes Desarthe

River, Cross My Heart

Breena Clarke

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Ann Weisgarber

Still Life

Louise Penny

By Night the Mountain Burns

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel

The Following Girls

Louise Lavene

The P45 Diaries

Ben Hatch

The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

A Crying Shame

Renate Dorrestein

The Informer

Akimitsu Takagi

Days of the Bagnold Summer

Joff Winterhart

Sweet Offerings

Chan Ling Yap

This Time of Dying

Reina James

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

Ayelet Waldman

The Golden Door

Kerry Jamieson

Wild Geese

Lara Harte

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

Luke and Jon

Robert Williams

According to Queeney

Beryl Bainbridge

Ghost MacIndoe

Jonathan Buckley

Fasting, Feasting

Anita Desai

A Kind of Freedom

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnussen

First Love

Gwendoline Riley

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Rachel Joyce


Pawel Huelle

Tears of the Giraffe

Alexander McCall Smith

Missing Nancy

Carolyn Lewis