Almanac (New) Books: Gideon Haigh’s ‘Shelf Life’

The latest from Gideon Haigh, ‘Shelf Life’.



by Gideon Haigh



Jon Faine once introduced me on air as ‘Gideon Haigh, formerly a journalist, now a writer.’ It irritated me – like quite a lot about him, actually, although that’s for another time – because I’ve never aspired to anything but journalism. I’ve now spent two-thirds of my life assembling bits and pieces as well as books, and about a great variety of subjects as well as cricket. Because I was never going to get around to it, my friend and colleague Russell Jackson has kindly undertaken the labour of assembling this sampler from my last two decades of reporting, reviewing and reflecting: photography and furniture, art and airline food, buildings and business, books and bands. I can’t say it’s terribly newsy, but it’s a faithful record of my various abiding interests and passing enthusiasms. Also my daughter Cecilia took the cover photograph, and we’re both pretty pleased with it (although C is going through a self-conscious stage).



No cricket, I’m afraid, even if the limited edition of 300 commemorates Victor Trumper’s highest first-class score (v Sussex, 1899, not out too). But you knew that. Anyway, it’s $30 plus $10pp, because unfortunately it weighs slightly more than a standard letter – so $40. But I’ll sign it, for what that’s worth; or I won’t sign it if you prefer, that’s fine by me as I can never think of anything to say.



Please email Gideon directly to secure your copy:  [email protected]



Also if it’s cricket you want, it’s cricket Gideon’s got. Still available – in quantities sad to mention – are some of my other titles.



From Flock to Baggy Green: a 56pp illustrated hardback exploring the historical and cultural links between Australian cricket and Australian wool, a surprisingly involving topic.


Shadows on the Pitch: a collection of my coverage of the 2017-18 Ashes, the pay dispute and the subsequent Sandpapergate scandal.


The Standard Bearers: a collection of my coverage of the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the doom of David Peever etc. Cricket was the winner.


They’re all $10; they’re not doing me much good sitting here.


The Summer Game: that’s my history of Australian cricket in the 1950s and 1960s. Hardback or paperback! $15.


In the meantime, though, there’s 297 copies of Shelf Life sitting in my kitchen. Please. I need the room.




To return to our Footy Almanac home page click HERE.


Our writers are independent contributors. The opinions expressed in their articles are their own. They are not the views, nor do they reflect the views, of Malarkey Publications.


Do you enjoy the Almanac concept?


And want to ensure it continues in its current form, and better? To help things keep ticking over please consider making your own contribution.


Become an Almanac (annual) member – CLICK HERE.

One-off financial contribution – CLICK HERE.

Regular financial contribution (monthly EFT) – CLICK HERE.




  1. Such modestly from such a fine scrivener/scribe/journalist.

Leave a Comment