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ISBN:
0670888095
Author:
Robert Drewe
Category:
True Crime
Language:
English
Publisher:
Viking Adult (July 17, 2000)
Pages:
288 pages
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Finding "The Shark Net" in the library I thought I would be in friendly territory.

Finding "The Shark Net" in the library I thought I would be in friendly territory. This is a coming-of-age story, mixed with, or perhaps, balanced by a murder mystery.

The Shark Net won the 2000 Brisbane Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award, the 2000 Western Australian Premier’s Non-fiction Book Award and the 2001 Vision . The Penguin Book of the City. The shark net. Penguin books.

The Shark Net won the 2000 Brisbane Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award, the 2000 Western Australian Premier’s Non-fiction Book Award and the 2001 Vision Australia Braille Book of the Year Award. ‘In this magnificent and haunting memoir of murder, sharks and rubber goods, Robert Drewe proves himself too subtle and too adventurous a writer to settle for the truth, plain and simple.

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Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1943 Other books by Drewe were also prize winners: Fortune won the National Book Council fiction prize in Australia

Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1943. He grew up and was educated in Western Australia where he took up journalism with the West Australian in 1961. He won the Walkley Award (Australia's highest such award) twice for journalism in 1976 and 1981. Other books by Drewe were also prize winners: Fortune won the National Book Council fiction prize in Australia. One of his anthologies, The Bay of Contented Men, won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, while another, the bestseller The Bodysurfers, has been adapted for film, television, radio and stage.

The Shark Net. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 15 years ago. I really liked this book, it was incredibly easy to read, not to mention enjoyable

The Shark Net. I really liked this book, it was incredibly easy to read, not to mention enjoyable. A great little lesson in a piece of Australian history that is seemingly unknown by Generation Y (I'm 17, and had no previous knowledge of this tale), Robert Drewe uses his writing talent to the nth degree in a book which covers the funny and the saddening.

Robert Drew has written a moving and unpretentious memoir of a precocious youth, a bittersweet tribute to youth's optimism

Robert Drew has written a moving and unpretentious memoir of a precocious youth, a bittersweet tribute to youth's optimism. Written with the same lyrical intensity and spellbinding prose that has won Robert Drewe's fiction international acclaim, The Shark Net is set in a city haunted by the menace of an elusive serial killer.

The Shark Net" redirects here, for other uses see Shark net (disambiguation). Robert Drewe is not to be confused with Robert Drew

The Shark Net" redirects here, for other uses see Shark net (disambiguation). Robert Drewe is not to be confused with Robert Drew. This article has multiple issues. Fortune won the fiction category of the National Book Council Award, The Bay of Contented Men won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the best book in Australasia and South-East Asia, and The Drowner made Australian literary history by becoming the first novel to win the Premier's Literary Prize in every state. It also won the Australian Book of the Year Prize, the Adelaide Festival Prize for literature and was voted one of the ten best international novels of the decade.

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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 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 i. 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.

When he was six years old, Robert Drewe moved with his family from Melbourne to the west Australian coast, to grow up by the sea and sand dunes around Perth, said to be the world's most isolated city - and proud of it. This sun-baked coast was innocently proud, too, of its tranquility 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 - and innocent Perth was changed forever.In the middle-class waterside suburbs that were the killer's main stalking grounds, the mysterious murders created widespread anxiety and instant local myth. Many people were deeply affected, not least the young Robert Drewe. "The murders and their aftermath have both intrigued me and weighed heavily on me for three decades. They were the pivotal events of my youth for the reason that they were inextricably entwined with events in my own family. To try to make sense of this time and place, and of my own childhood and adolescence, I had, finally, to write about it."
  • BOND
A beautifully written meander through childhood memories alongside a montage of Perth and its happenings of the time.
  • Charyoll
Read it straight through one wet and cold Saturday. Couldn't put it down. And all based on fact. I read a lot in conjunction with a book reading group. So will suggest it as my choice for next year.
Have moved on and am now reading Drew's "The Drowner."
  • Xellerlu
I love the way Robert Drewe writes. It's the story you lose yourself in, not his style - nothing flowery or showy or distracting. Which is what makes his writing so clever. All his writing is like this. Robert Drewe is my favourite Australian author.
  • Gom
This was very evocative of a time and a place. I liked the writing but I felt that it could have nearly been two books - one about the author's childhood and a second about the murders.
  • mIni-Like
tells how it felt to live through the murders everyone tells you about when you move to Perth and relates what Perth was like then
  • Perilanim
The subtitle of this book is "Memories and Murder", but in fact it is mostly memories. Robert Drewe tells the story of his coming of age in Perth, West Australia, which is usually depicted as a far-away lonely place, but when it is the place where you grew up, it is just defined as home. Most of the book, I would say 80%, is his own family story, full of humor and pathos as they all are. What separates this memoir from the rest is the story of the all-too-real serial killer.

I really liked the immediacy of this book, and it sort of reminded me of Stephen King's short story The Body (filmed as Stand By Me), probably because of the 1950s small town setting of both books and the boys who were both interested in and afraid of a killer in their midst.

There are a lot of fascinating, true stories in Australia; I have discovered a lot of them in my quest for good reading and continue to look for more.
  • Hellblade
I picked this up expecting an interesting true crime work, not realizing that the vast majority of the book is a pretty straightforward memoir of growing up in Australia in the '50s and '60s. The book starts very confusingly, with the author observing the court proceedings of a murder

trial, only to flash back to his early youth. Drewe was a young child when his father was assigned to the remote Western Australian city of Perth to be a branch manager for the Dunlop rubber company. The first half of the book is about his childhood, and as far as memoirs go, it's well done. I'm not a big fan of the genre, but Drewe is nicely selective in recounting his dysfunctional home life and is very adept at retelling the awkwardness of his first crush. his childhood is not that dissimilar from that of upper middle-class American kid of the same era. His father is more or less a company drone, and Dunlop business pervades every aspect of his personality and the family life. His mother is overprotective and retreats into religion with sometimes eerie intensity. Both parents were emotionally distant and unexpressive.

The raison d'etre for the book is that in the years Drewe moved from childhood to being an adult, a serial killer was stalking the suburbs near his home and Drewe's life intersected with the case in many ways. His father was friends with a policeman who would come over to their house and discussed the case behind closed doors. One of the murders is committed with a friend's garden axe. There's a peeping tom on the loose who may or may not be connected to the killings who late one night scares Drewe's mother by prowling out back. More ominously, one of the last victims is of one of Drewe's friends. But the coup de grace is that the killer turns out to be someone known to the family, someone Drewe even spoke to as a child. While the murders form a dark backdrop to his childhood, they are never dwelt on in any great depth, nor is Drewe particularly interested in recounting the case. That said, there are a few sections where he writes from within the killer, imagining his life. On the whole though, until the very end it's pretty thin about why someone would be killing random people on and off with knives, axes, guns, and even hit and run. It's a curious mix of a book, a very well-written memoir with slices of darkness sprinkled in.