Eli Glasman’s debut novel, The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew (Sleepers Publishing), about a homosexual boy in the Melbourne orthodox Jewish community, is available from all good Australian bookstores and the usual places online. The Sleepers Publishing Website (link here), is a great place to grab it, as it has links to other places online – such as Kobo, Apple iBook, Kindle and Barnes and Noble, as well as option to purchase the softcover copy overseas.
This novel received a 5 star review from Junior Books and Publishing and was listed in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and on the Reading’s blog as the most anticipated books of 2014. Check out the Goodreads profile here.
Eli also has several short stories in circulation. You can click on the titles below and give them a read. You’ll notice that the stories are all similarly themed. Eli considers these three stories to be a series.
Neggiah - This story is about a young orthodox Jewish boy with Crohn’s Disease who wants to get his first kiss. It was Runner up in the 2013 Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Short Story Competition, winning $5000 in prize money. Although this story features characters smoking marijuana, Eli doesn’t use or encourage the use of drugs. His thoughts on recreational drugs are talked about in this post.
Chillers – This is about a young orthodox Jewish boy (again) who wants to have sex for the first time without breaking Shabbat. It’s not as sleazy as it sounds. It’s actually quite sweet. It was published in Sleepers Almanac no. 7. 2011.
Bag – This story is about Eli’s experience with Crohn’s Disease and the operation he had to have a stoma put in while he was in university. Published in Voiceworks Autumn 2011, this story was selected by the editor to be read at the Wheelers Centre’s event Debut Mondays in July 2011.