Robert Drewe’s first memoir, The Shark Net (2000) – an account of ‘memories and murder’ – opens in the transforming ‘different sunlight’ of a courtroom, a light that seems ‘harsher, dustier, more ancient looking’, making the figure in the dock somehow ‘uglier, smaller’, ‘like a criminal in a B-movie’, the very ‘stereotype of a crook’.
Robert Drewe's new memoir
Montebello: A Memoir
by Robert Drewe
Hamish Hamilton, $29.99 pb, 291 pp, 9780670893478
Brian Matthews is the author of short stories, essays, and biographies. He was a weekly columnist for the Weekend Australian...
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