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The Patch

John McPhee’s The Patch is just that: patches of work across a writer’s lifetime that come together to form a quilt of essays, reflections and reminiscences.

Ranging across a variety of genres and styles, subjects and moods, his patches are collected from writings that have not previously appeared in any book.

This collection is divided into Part I ‘The Sporting Scene’ and Part II ‘An Album Quilt’. It includes vignettes of his childhood hunting golf balls in the woods, the career and choices of a famous lacrosse coach, Joan Baez’s journey into a musical career, his daughter’s response to a high-school vocabulary test and his travels across the United States.

John McPhee’s singular style keeps each patch fitting comfortably with the next; each text falls seamlessly within the rhyme and rhythm of a larger work.Fit to be consumed all at once, or savoured piecemeal, The Patch gives a full taste of his impeccable power over language.

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John McPhee
About the Author

John McPhee is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of thirty-two books. The Patch is his seventh collection of essays. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Extent:
256pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
19 November 2018
ISBN:
9781925773170
AU Price:
$29.99
NZ Price:
$37.00
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Praise for John McPhee
andThe Patch

‘A bountiful cornucopia of insightful essays that display the wide range of his interests and tastes…McPhee delights in cracking open subjects, both ordinary and esoteric, and making them accessible to the layperson in works that testify to his virtuosity as one of the greatest living American essayists.’

‘No one else can take topics as diverse and seemingly dry and make of them such diverting, entertaining and educational literature.’

‘McPhee has created a style—blending detailed reporting with a novelistic sense of narrative—and a standard that have influenced a whole generation of journalists.’

‘McPhee’s sentences are born of patience and attention: he seems to possess a pair of eyes with the swivel, zoom and reach of a peregrine falcon’s, and a pair of ears with the recording ability of a dictaphone. He notices almost everything.’

‘The most versatile journalist in America.’

Other editions ofThe Patch
  • The Patch
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781925774085
    19 November 2018
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