Eli Glasman ‘The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew’


I had the good fortune to come across Eli Glasman’s blog this morning  which contained several entertaining articles  I thought  I would share here.

Eli comes from the same beautiful part of the world that I do – Melbourne, Australia.

As his blog states, ‘Eli Glasman is a Melbourne based author. His debut novel, ‘The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew’, about a homosexual boy in the Melbourne orthodox Jewish community, will be released through Sleepers Publishing mid 2014.’

In Eli’s FAQ section he responds to the question, Are you gay?  ‘Man, I’ve been asked this one a lot. And every time I get asked I consider it an honour. Seriously. But unfortunately, no, I’m straight.

This reminded me of a great scene from Seinfeld, when a reporter thinks Jerry and George are a gay couple after a joke at the coffee shop.

I like all three of Eli’s publications. My favourite short story is the second. You can click on the title to read it.
 – ‘This is about a young orthodox Jewish boy (again) who wants to have sex for the first time without breaking Shabbat…..It was published in Sleepers Almanac no. 7. 2011.

What I especially liked  about the articles  apart from the humorous situations relating to trying not to  break ‘Shabbat , was how the sights, smells and sounds of Melbourne; the place I miss so dearly came streaming back into my consciousness  like I had never left.

I am looking forward to the release of Eli’s debut novel.  Good luck Eli!

Related Links/articles:

1. Novels set in Melbourne – Wikipedia

2. ANZ Litlovers: Novels settings: Melbourne

3.  Melbourne by the book – Sydney Morning Herald

4. A Serious Man – Coen Brothers


'I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.' - The Master

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2 comments on “Eli Glasman ‘The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew’
  1. Eli Glasman - Author (published and everything) says:

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate that 🙂 you don’t know how much feedback like this means when you’re waiting for your first book to be released. Thanks again! (And nice clip. I’ve got to revisit that show.)

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