Voice from the grave: Glenn Wheatley audiobook

Glenn Wheatley’s voice will live on for future generations, as his updated 1999 memoir Paper Paradise will be released as an audiobook on May 19th.

The Paper Paradise audiobook was recorded a month before Glenn’s February passing and will live on as a family heirloom for his granddaughter London

London was born three weeks after Glenn passed away from complications with Covid-19. 

London’s father, Tim Wheatley, returned from the UK to help with his father’s Wheatley Records label just in time to say goodbye. 

Speaking with The Daily Telegraph, Tim detailed his shock at the audiobook news, saying he’s not quite ready to listen yet, but it is invaluable for his daughter London. 

“It absolutely baffled me when my sister Kara told me he had done the audiobook,” Tim said. 

“To be honest, I’m not ready to listen to it, but knowing I’ll be able to play this to London and have his voice telling his life story is staggering.”

Tim, a musician himself, planned on working on the release of his Shiny Tacoma EP with his father. 

The release includes a version of Glenn’s Masters Apprentices’ song, Because I Love You.

“My father and I had every intention of working this release together on a revived Wheatley records, but he passed away four days short of the release date, turning Because I Love You from what was somewhat of a celebration to an unintentional tribute,” Tim said. 

Glenn owned radio station on the Sunshine Coast and a pioneered FM radio in Australia. He spoke with radioinfo’s Peter Saxon in 2020 on the 40-year celebration of EON FM’s launch in Melbourne, looking back on his some of his work in radio.

The updated Paper Paradise paperback is now available with the audiobook and Shiny Tacoma EP due to be released on May 19th.