What Days Are For

What Days Are For

By Robert Dessaix

Witty, acerbic, insightful musings from Robert Dessaix, one of Australia's finest writers.

Witty, acerbic, insightful musings from Robert Dessaix, one of Australia's finest writers.

One Sunday night in Sydney, Robert Dessaix collapses in a gutter in Darlinghurst, and is helped to his hotel by a kind young man wearing a T-shirt that says FUCK YOU. What follows are weeks in hospital, tubes and cannulae puncturing his body, as he recovers from the heart attack threatening daily to kill him.

While lying in the hospital bed, Robert chances upon Philip Larkin’s poem 'Days’. What, he muses, have his days been for? What and who has he loved – and why?

This is vintage Robert Dessaix. His often surprisingly funny recollections range over topics as eclectic as intimacy, travel, spirituality, enchantment, language and childhood, all woven through with a heightened sense of mortality.

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Paperback

9780857989017

October 1, 2015

Vintage Australia

RRP $19.99

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Hardback

9780857985767

November 3, 2014

Knopf Australia

RRP $29.99

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EBook

9780857985774

November 3, 2014

RHA eBooks Adult

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Awards & Recognition

2016

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Winner

2015

Margaret Scott Prize

Shortlisted