He writes with humility and clarity, in spare, uncomplicated prose, with a storyteller's gift in short and long fiction, essay and memoir
David Gaunt, Australian Bookseller & Publisher
Every so often someone writes fiction that ravishes the popular imagination. Robert Drewe … has done it again in Whipbird, an absolutely compelling read and also something more. Like Tsiolkas’s The Slap, it has the great advantage of both a soap element and a massive ensemble effect, beautifully coordinated ... It's a kind of Canterbury Tales standing still, and it's a winner.
The Saturday Paper
Drewe's literary instincts are as impeccable as his ear for the English language is unfaltering . . .
Richard King, Weekend Australian
There's satire, revelation and redemption aplenty in Robert Drewe's latest novel.
Digby Hildreth, Verandah Magazine
Drewe has moved into the forefront of contemporary writing in English
Sydney Morning Herald
One of the most significant novelists currently working
The Guardian (UK)
Drewe’s writing is cinematically immediate and crackles with an intensity of sense
One of the undisputed masters of Australian storytelling
ABC Radio National
A rich cloud of meat smoke drifting slowly across the grapevines and paddocks greeted the members of the Cleary family as they arrived at the vineyard. The tasty mist from a dozen barbecues billowed over the house – the ‘homestead’, as Hugh Cleary called it – and the stable and the rammed-earth wine cellar, and above the rows of newly planted pinot noir vines, and curled up into the blue gums and manna gums bordering the creek.
Now he believed he was a dead person, Hugh’s younger brother Simon ‘Sly’ Cleary peered out of the car window at the gaunt new vines and wondered how long he’d be spending in this gravelly realm between heaven and hell. In the eyes of the former keyboard player for Spider Flower, suffering a delusionary mental belief that he’d lost his vital organs and no longer existed, perhaps this particular phase was Purgatory.Continue Reading