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The Hills of Apollo Bay

Written by Peter Cowan


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Richard is a young writer running from his hometown of Perth in search of a freer existence in Melbourne. His best friend is an ex-boxer turned black marketeer and his girlfriend is an old-fashioned ‘tart’ with heart.

Against the background of post-war censorship and isolation, Richard struggles to find cultural nourishment. With a profound dismay about the directions we have followed in the post-war world, Cowan challenges some of our most cherished assumptions about our identity, our culture and the land.

‘… a writer’s writer who has created a position at the leading edge of his craft.’ Weekend Australian

‘The protest, a lament for that lost ferment of Australian art and ideas and succeeding cultural deadness, is subtle but sure.’ The West Australian

ISBN 9781921361616 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Pages 304
Publication Year 2009
Edition Australian Classics
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Peter Cowan

    Peter Cowan (1914–2002) was an award-winning, highly acclaimed writer with five novels, eight collections of short fiction and two biographies. He also edited or coedited seven anthologies and was coeditor of the literary magazine Westerly. Read more