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In this collection of short stories, Robert Drewe applies his forensic powers of observation to the relationships and environments that shape our lives.

Internationally acclaimed novelist Robert Drewe returns to the short-story territory he has made his own. Set against the backdrop of the Australian coast, as randomly and imminently violent as it is beautiful, The Rip reveals the fragility of relationships between husbands and wives, children and parents, friends and lovers.

You will find yourself set down in a modern Garden of Eden with a disgraced Adam seeking his Eve; sharing the fears of a small boy in a coastal classroom as a tsunami approaches; in an English gaol cell with an Australian surfer on drug charges; and witnessing a middle-ages farmer contemplating murdering the hippie who stole his wife.

Written in a variety of moods, always compassionate, wry and razor sharp, these dazzling stories are crafted by Drewe's incisive wit and passion.


You will read the powerful short stories in this collection with your heart in your mouth. They are the stories of a writer at the top of his form, and they will attach themselves to you

Carmel Bird, The Age

Thirteen exquisitely focused tales, all dealt with through a rich yet limpid literary chemistry, by what might be called a sumptuous minimalism

West Australian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 31, 2009


    240 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • The Rip
    Robert Drewe



    August 31, 2009

    Penguin eBooks

    230 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2009
    Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award
  • Qld Premier's Literary Award
    Australian Short Story Collection - Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award