Michael McGirr is the bestselling author of Books that Saved My Life, Snooze, Bypass and Things You Get for Free. He has reviewed almost one thousand books, his short fiction has appeared in publications in Australia and overseas, and he has been publisher of Eureka Street and fiction editor of Meanjin. His latest book, Ideas to Save Your Life, is due to be released in late 2021. Michael works in international aid and development for a large NGO and lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jenny, and their three teenage children.
'Sprinkled with insight, wisdom and keen observation, and spiked with sadness like bits of broken glass. [McGirr] can wring a story out of a rusty hubcap.' * Peter Temple, Age * 'Peppered with lively historical stories and told with great eloquence, honesty and humour...Heartwarming.' * Sun-Herald * 'Funny, quirky, ironic, witty and intelligent. It will make you laugh out loud.' * Canberra Times * 'For those of us similarly saved by, shaped by, the books we have loved, McGirr's beautiful essays will be deeply fortifying. The sensibility that ties them all together is both edifying and intimate; this, too, is a book that will save.' * Sarah Krasnostein, author of The Trauma Cleaner, on Books that Saved My Life *