Please join us for an in conversation event with one of Australia's favourite writers, Robert Drewe. He will be in conversation with Geraldine Blake to discuss his new novel Whipbird, Tuesday 15th August at 6.30pm at Beaufort Street Books
Tickets are $8.50 and include cheese and wine.
Whipbird is both a sharply observed, vividly imagined, satirical portrait of contemporary Australia and a modern comedy of manners.
And Robert Drewe pulls no punches. Nothing is sacred as he takes on the mining boom and conservationists; everyone from investment bankers and real-estate agents to sea-changers and tree-changers, vegans and Paleo practitioners, First World smugness, global-warming, retirement, divorce, death, sudoko and artisan brewers. And the nonchalant disrespect and disillusionment of the young.
These are the very conversations heard in suburban backyards around Australia every weekend. For while the Cleary family celebrate their direct claim to be ‘a major participant in Australia’s road to democracy’, they’re also very much part of the dialogue about the changing shape of our society.
Robert Drewe explores with humour, sensitivity and a dash of the surreal, what it means to be an Australian family today, a family trying to find common ground across a blend of generations and different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The result is exhilarating – comic, honest, sympathetic – and vastly entertaining.