Shortlist year: 2011

Shortlist category: Non-fiction

Published by: Penguin Random House

How to Make Gravy had its genesis in a series of concerts. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those tales grew How to Make Gravy.

Each of its hundred chapters consists of lyrics followed by a story, the nature of the latter taking its cue from the former. Some pieces are confessional, some tell Kelly's personal and family history, some take you on a road tour with the band—from the point of inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking.

About the author

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is recognised as one of the most significant singer/songwriters in the country. As well as issuing an enduring body of work both solo and with his bands, Kelly has written film scores, produced albums for and written songs with some of Australia and New Zealand's finest artists.

He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997 and had two songs included in the APRA list of Top 30 Australian songs of all time. In 2011 Paul Kelly received the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music at the APRA Music Awards.