Robert Drewe


Robert Drewe grew up on the West Australian coast and the Swan River and Indian Ocean coast, where he learned to swim and surf, made an immediate and lasting impression on him. After joining The West Australian as a cadet reporter, he was recruited by The Age in Melbourne and was made chief of that newspaper’s Sydney bureau at 22.

Drewe became, variously, a well-known columnist, features editor, literary editor and special writer on The Australian and The Bulletin before turning from journalism to writing fiction. His books include the widely translated and acclaimed A Cry in the Jungle BarThe Bodysurfers and The Rip, as well as a prize-winning memoir, The Shark Net and the non-fiction Walking Ella, and many of them have been adapted for film, theatre and television.

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