Take me higher – new and collected stories

John Clare

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“… overflows with masterly sentences, imagery of dazzling beauty and power, enactments of admiring love for the material world, and moments of grateful acceptance of the writer’s place in it…” — Helen Garner

John Clare has been writing about Australian life for decades and his admirers include some of Australia’s finest writers, editors and artists.

This latest collection of short non-fiction includes favourite pieces from the past and many new ones. His subjects range widely: Naomi Watts, religion, art, boxing, kissing, jazz in Melbourne and Sydney, Miles Davis in interview. He catapults us over his bicycle handlebars in Milsons Point and with him we visit Rooty Hill, take off from Kingsford Smith airport, lob Moreton Bay Figs from bus windows and walk through dreams and rain.