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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859654486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859654487
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Language shapes consciousness and from consciousness, our world is shaped."
- Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Vogue


Antonella Gambotto-Burke is a critic, journalist, and novelist. She is the author of six books - Lunch of Blood (1994), An Instinct for the Kill (1997), The Pure Weight of the Heart (1998), The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide (2003), MOUTH (2013), and Mama: Dispatches from the Frontline of Love (2014).

Her work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been published in numerous anthologies.

Gambotto-Burke was described by Tatler magazine as a novelist of "great sensitivity" and as having "a keen eye for satire, which she uses to great effect." In The Sunday Age, Matthew Condon wrote that reading her fiction is "like being unable to stop staring into the sun when you've been told that it damages your eyes," and Who magazine described her as possessing "a major literary talent."

Her literary nonfiction has also been widely praised. Professor Nicholas Humphrey, author of A History of the Mind, wrote that The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide is "an astonishing, deep and beautiful book," Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention called it "a brilliant, moving book", and Michael Rakusin of Tower Books described it a "masterpiece".

Gambotto-Burke is known for longform journalistic nonfiction, and her work was featured in The Best Australian Profiles. Her selection of interviewees is eclectic. She has interviewed cardiothoracic surgeons and film stars, authors and rock luminaries, artists and academics, fashion designers and royalty. Her subjects include Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Bette Midler, Marilyn Manson, John Shelby Spong, Jackie Collins, Martin Amis, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Brent Stirton, Sasha Grey, and others.

Australian Bookseller and Publisher described her as having "the astonishing ability to reveal the absolute essence of a person," and The Weekend Australian Magazine said that she seems "to mesmerize, to winkle out ever more personal revelations from her subjects, the tired-and-emotional type of home truths that usually punctuate a long lunch." Edward de Bono wrote of her work, "The pieces stand in the great tradition of writing that is to be read for its own sake as with the classic essayists."

Gambotto-Burke is working on a new novel.

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Worth the read if you're a Bad Seeds/Grinderman fan.
paula
When I saw that this book came out, I was a little skeptical because I assumed it was just gonna be a bunch of interviews that I had already read for free online.
P. Orr
It lays to rest some of the myths presented in other books about Nick Cave.
JHawkMom

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Orr on October 12, 2011
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I've been a Nick Cave fan for a while and love reading interviews. When I saw that this book came out, I was a little skeptical because I assumed it was just gonna be a bunch of interviews that I had already read for free online. One day I saw a copy in a bookstore and after leafing through it, I realized that most of this stuff is not on the net. For me, the biggest selling point is the inclusion of "A Man Called Horse" by Antonella Gambotto and "Nick Cave: The Needle and the Damage Done" by Jack Barron. These pieces detail Nick Cave during his most strung out period in the 80's. After reading about them in Ian Johnston's biography of Cave, I had been searching for them on the internet but to no avail. I even considered subscribing to Rock's Back Pages for something like $100. It's really interesting stuff and doesn't show Cave in such a positive light. These pieces and others like them are what inspired NC to write the song "Scum." The rest of the interviews span Nick's entire career up to 2007. It's a really informative and interesting set of interviews.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paula on June 12, 2012
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I liked this book. Slow in areas, but very good interviews and it kind of shows his change in attitude through out the years. Worth the read if you're a Bad Seeds/Grinderman fan. Good stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JHawkMom on May 7, 2013
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This book is a comprehensive copy of interviews over the years. It lays to rest some of the myths presented in other books about Nick Cave. Perhaps more importantly, it shows him in a new light. He is typically described as writing dark and brooding lyrics. While this is true, he also has a humorous side. Many of these interviews show Nick Cave's lighter side. This is an interesting read for both the seasoned fan and the new fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Algirdas on April 27, 2013
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I bought this for my girlfriend who's writing her bachelor essay about Nick Cave's first novel as a info source. As a fan of him, she's loving it: the pictures are great, the interviews are from different year, containing different topics and different thoughts. The only minus of this book is it's hard to use it as a source for the essay, as it doesn't have an index in the back: as only information about the novel is needed (and there's not a lot of it in the book), it's a bit time-consuming to read the whole book to find the pieces needed. Still we recommend it to every Cave's fan out there: it really opens up the mind of the creator, letting you know the personality a lot better than you would from his music, novels and public behaviour.
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