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Swimming to the Moon

Written by Robert Drewe


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From a floury encounter on a baker’s work table to the art of sitting backwards on chairs, from budgie training to spontaneous human combustion, this collection showcases the non-fiction writing of one of Australia’s best-loved authors.

These pieces encompass suburban portraits and coastal living, affectionate nostalgia and the absurdity of the everyday. They are endearing and often hilarious snapshots of Australian life from a master novelist who has turned the column into an artform.

‘Witty observations on the everday absurd.’ Qantas The Australian Way

Swimming to the Moon is, as he remarks about plunging into the ocean after a scorching day, “as good as it gets”.’ Verandah Magazine

‘a light touch, an eye for the absurd and a preoccupation with things past … at their best they allude to the lasting impact of seemingly insignificant things.’ The Saturday Age

‘An astute writer’ Scoop Magazine

ISBN 9781921696107 (Hardback)
Formats Pocket Size (180 x 130mm) (Hardback)
Categories Father's Day 2021
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Book Club Reads
Publication Year 2014
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Robert drewe

    Robert Drewe

    Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne and grew up in Perth. His novels and short stories have been widely translated, won many national and international prizes and been adapted for film, television, radio and the theatre. His memoir The Shark Net was adapted as an ABC and BBC television miniseries. His 1996 novel The Drowner was shortlisted for all five Australian Premier’s Awards. Read more