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A comic masterpiece -- Who Weekly. The book that began it all for Nick Earls.

Here I am, on a work day of some importance,
riding out of town in a cab with a babe I've just
concussed with footwear.

'... a comic masterpiece' -- Who Weekly

Richard Derrington is twenty-eight and single. More single than he’d like to be. More single than he’d expected to be, and not coping well. Since Anna trashed him six months ago he’s been trying to find his way again. He’s doing his job badly, he’s playing tennis badly, his renovating attempts haven’t got past the verandah, and he’s wondering when things are going to change.

Zigzag Street covers six weeks of Richard’s life in Brisbane’s Red Hill. Six weeks of rumination, chaos, poor judgement, interpersonal clumsiness…and, eventually, hope.

'Zigzag Street is exactly the kind of book I want to read'
-- Sydney Morning Herald

'Zigzag Street is funny, out-loud funny, in a way comic writers rarely manage to achieve ...' -- Evening Standard (UK)

'... gives Nick Hornby a serious run for his money.'
-- The Times (UK)

'fantastic' -- The Mirror (UK)

'comedy with soul' -- The Hindustan Times (India)

'extremely witty' --The Himachal Times (India)

'Few Australian books have produced as many laughs as Zigzag Street, a comic masterpiece that also manages to be warm, sensitive and moving.' -- Who Weekly

'...nothing short of a romp.' -- The Australian

Reviews

White Or Wrong's 10 Greatest Living Australians 9. Nick Earls: Left-field selection. But trust me, his book Zigzag Street is the funniest Australian piece of fiction ever.

Simon White, http://www.theage.com.au

Zigzag Street is exactly the kind of book I want to read

Sydney Morning Herald

Zigzag Street is funny, out-loud funny, in a way comic writers rarely manage to achieve ...

Evening Standard (UK)

... gives Nick Hornby a serious run for his money.

The Times (UK)

fantastic

The Mirror (UK)

comedy with soul

The Hindustan Times (India)

extremely witty

The Himachal Times (India)

Few Australian books have produced as many laughs as Zigzag Street, a comic masterpiece that also manages to be warm, sensitive and moving.

Who Weekly

...nothing short of a romp.

The Australian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781863252867

    December 1, 2000

    Bantam Australia

    288 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742742922

    February 1, 2011

    RHA eBooks Adult

    284 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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Merlo Girls
Welcome To Normal
Merlo Girls (Storycuts)
The Fix
The True Story Of Butterfish
After January
Bachelor Kisses
Joel & Cat Set the Story Straight
48 Shades of Brown
Kids' Night In: A Midnight Feast

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The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
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