What the media says about Blood on the Typewriter
Updated: Jun 30
Wine critic Philip White reviews his biography on ABC Radio's Mornings with David Bevan: "Nobody's pulled any punches"
Philip White is one of Australia's most highly-regarded wine writers and critics. His biography 'Blood on the Typewriter: The world of Philip White' delves into his fascinating childhood, his career in wine and his battle with cancer. He surprised David Bevan and biographer Robbie Brechin with his own thoughts on the book.
Australian Financial Review Drinks columnist Max Allen
Two years ago, I wasn’t the only one sitting down to talk about life with Whitey. Veteran Adelaide journalist Robert Brechin was busy writing a biography, trawling through his past, interviewing friends and colleagues. Last month, that biography, Blood on the Typewriter: The World of Philip White, was published by Wakefield Press.
And what a world. The son of an old-school street preacher, Whitey leapt into music, geology, film and the artistic community of Adelaide in the 1970s before settling on wine as the lens through which to observe the world and project it back on itself.
As Brechin writes: “He has led a life that could be a film. Tension and drama aplenty. Romance. Adventure. Risk-taking. A man who cannot be held by speed limits. He has a beguiling way of sucking you into his orbit, be you Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, Tubby Justice, Lowell George of Little Feat. Maynard Keenan of Tool. Don Dunstan. David Gulpilil. Max Schubert. Peter Lehmann.”
Anthony Madigan, editor of national wine business magazine ABM:
“Friends and acquaintances talk about Philip in the book. They don’t hold back!
“White’s hallmark is brutal honesty and they keep the theme going.
“I’ve never read a biography more obsessed with the weaknesses of the subject. It gets dark in parts, but turn the page and the sun comes out, someone says something positive or funny and the light and the shade seem about right. If you live by the sword/pen, then fluff on the typewriter won’t cut it.”