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Kings Cross : A Biography - Louis Nowra

Paperback Published: 1st October 2013
ISBN: 9781742233260
Number Of Pages: 640

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Louis Nowra burrows beneath the sensationalist Underbelly ‘sex and sin’ narrative, revealing stories and a cast of characters – some household names others little-known - that not even a writer could conjure up.

Kings Cross is a no-holds barred place, where backpackers, prostitutes, strippers, chefs, mad men, poets, beggars, booksellers, doctors, gangsters, sailors, musicians, drug traffickers, eccentrics, judges and artists live side by side. Part flaneur, part historian and part eyewitness, Louis Nowra is the best possible guide to a place both real, and a state of mind.

Such places do exist


Having only scant knowledge of Kings Cross, and that not being favourable, I was delighted to find myself informed at many levels. Whilst I have not in the least desire to ever reside there I can, to a degree, appreciate the vibrancy, both good and ill of this iconic Australian location, as best one can from not actually experiencing the place itself. The author's narrative constantly engaged me and even when at times I shook my head in disbelief at some of the people and situations I was never inclined not to continue reading. This was a perhaps a mixture of love and hate condensed into one volume. That the author chose his narrative so well clearly enhanced this book and prevented it becoming a ramble of mishmash. I would like to hope that other writers, of the depth shown by Louis Nowra, could construct extended essays on other Australian locations in the manner, as he has shown, that is not a self indulgent chardonnay history. Superb reading here!

Kerang, Australia


Well written and researched


Excellent history of Kings Cross and its residents.



Kings Cross

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ISBN: 9781742233260
ISBN-10: 1742233260
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st October 2013
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.77

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Louis Nowra

About the Author

Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. He is the author of such plays as Inner Voices, Visions, Inside the Island, Cosi, Radiance and The Boyce Trilogy. He has written five non-fiction works, The Cheated, Warne's World, Walkabout, Chihuahuas,Women and Me, and Bad Dreaming, the novels The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights, Abaza and Ice, the memoirs The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon, as well as radio plays, telemovies and film scripts. Ice was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009, and won an Honourable Mention in the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards 2009.

Louis Nowra lives in Kings Cross with his wife, Mandy Sayer, a writer, and Coco, their chihuahua who has appeared in magazines, newspapers and on television.


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