Author(s): Robert Drewe
His novels and short stories have been widely translated, won many national and international prizes and been adapted for film, television, radio and theatre.Winner of the 2000 WA Premier's non-fiction book award. The Shark Net, a vibrant and haunting memoir that reaches beyond the dark recesses of murder and chaos to encompass their ordinary suburban backdrop. In Robert Drewe's hands, a whole time and region come to vivid life. Extraordinarily moving, surprisingly humorous and beautifully observed, The Shark Net shows one of Australia's most acclaimed writers charting new and exciting territory. €~In this magnificent and haunting memoir of murder, sharks and rubber goods, Robert Drewe proves himself too subtle and too adventurous a writer to settle for €Œthe truth, plain and simple€¥. He creates instead a resurrection of his boyhood in Australia which is as ornamented, engaging and ambitious as any great novel.' €" Jim Crace.
Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne on January 9, 1943, but from the age of six, when his father moved the family west to a better job in Perth, he grew up and was educated on the West Australian coast. The Swan River and Indian Ocean coast, where he learned to swim and surf, made an immediate and lasting impression on him. At Hale School he was captain of the school swimming team and editor of the school magazine, the 'Cygnet'. Swimming and publishing have remained interests all his life On his 18th birthday, already wishing to be a writer but unsure 'who was in charge of Writing', he joined 'The West Australian' as a cadet reporter. Three years later he was recruited by 'The Age' in Melbourne, and was made chief of that newspaper's Sydney bureau a year later, at 22. Sydney became home for him and his growing family, mostly in a small sandstone terrace in Euroka Street, North Sydney, where Henry Lawson had once lived. Robert Drewe became, variously, a well-known columnist, features editor, literary editor and special writer on 'The Australian' and the 'Bulletin'. During this time he travelled widely throughout Asia and North America, won two Walkley Awards for journalism and was awarded a Leader Grant travel scholarship by the United States Government. While still in his twenties, he turned from journalism to writing fiction. Beginning with 'The Sava