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Woolloomooloo : A Biography - Louis Nowra

Woolloomooloo

A Biography

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Published: 1st March 2017
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It was no wonder I was glad to be down in Woolloomooloo. The Old Fitzroy reminded me of how Kings Cross used to be.

Told in his vivid and entertaining style, Louis Nowra writes Woolloomooloo's biography, drink in hand, from the vantage point of the Old Fitzroy Hotel, the cosy, eccentric and wonderful pub on Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. It's a world of sex, sin, sly grog, sailors, razor gangs, larrikins, workers, artisans, murderers, fishermen, activists, drinkers, fashion designers, tradies, artists and the downright dangerous. It's also a story of courage, resilience, tolerance, compassion. And though the pub has a real theatre, it's the cast of real-life characters that are the stars of this show.

Woolloomooloo's past wraps around its present.  Louis - often accompanied by Coco the Chihuahua and other two-legged locals, often walks the streets, uncovering history - some official, some never revealed. He stumbles across pockets of beauty and charm, and the derelict and abandoned. Unforgettable - and unspellable - Woolloomooloo in this book is a place as fascinating as its name. 

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      this was such an interesting book. Louis Nowra weaves the lives and stories of the regulars at the Old Fitzroy Hotel in with the history of the suburb. It is never dull and has made me want to spend slow sunday afternoons exploring the area and seeing where everything happened.

       
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        Louis Nowra should be classified as a national treasure!

         
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        I lived in Woolloomooloo and this book takes me right back

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          Full of crazy characters, this book makes you feel like you're there. Great mix of history, all centred around a pub you could go and have a drink in tonight.

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          Louis Nowra

          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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          ISBN: 9781742234953
          ISBN-10: 174223495X
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 352
          Published: 1st March 2017
          Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
          Weight (kg): 0.45