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Aged six, Robert Drewe moved with his family from Melbourne to Perth, the world's most isolated city – and proud of it. This sun-baked coast was innocently proud, too, of its tranquillity and friendliness. Then a man he knew murdered a boy he also knew. The murderer randomly killed eight strangers – variously shooting, strangling, stabbing, bludgeoning and hacking his victims and running them down with cars – an innocent Perth was changed forever. In the middle-class suburbs which were the killer's main stalking grounds, the mysterious murders created widespread anxiety and instant local myth. 'The murders and their aftermath have both intrigued me and weighed heavily on me for three decades. To try to make sense of this time and place, and of my own childhood and adolescence, I had, finally, to write about it.'The result is The Shark Net, a vibrant and haunting memoir that reaches beyond the dark recesses of murder and chaos to encompass their ordinary suburban backdrop.

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  • Paperback

    9780143002154

    July 8, 2003

    Penguin

    384 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742284453

    July 8, 2003

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    372 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • W.A. Premier's Book Award
    2000
    Winner
    Non-Fiction
  • Vision Australia Library Awards
    2001
    Winner
    Braille Book of the Year
  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    2002
    Shortlisted
    Non-Fiction
  • National Biography Award
    2002
    Shortlisted
    Autobiography/biography
  • National Biography Award(NSW State Lib)
    2002
    Shortlisted
    Non-Fiction

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The Best Australian Essays 2010
Sand
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The Rip
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The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry
The Best Australian Stories 2007
The best Australian Stories 2006
The Penguin Book of the Beach
Grace
Savage Crows
A Cry in the Jungle Bar
The Bodysurfers
Fortune
The Drowner
Our Sunshine
The Bay of Contented Men