Kings Cross: A Biography

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NewSouth, Oct 1, 2013 - History - 640 pages
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Louis Nowra burrows beneath the sensationalist Underbelly ‘sex and sin’ narrative, revealing stories and a cast of characters – some household names others little-known - that not even a writer could conjure up.

Kings Cross is a no-holds barred place, where backpackers, prostitutes, strippers, chefs, mad men, poets, beggars, booksellers, doctors, gangsters, sailors, musicians, drug traffickers, eccentrics, judges and artists live side by side. Part flaneur, part historian and part eyewitness, Louis Nowra is the best possible guide to a place both real, and a state of mind. 

 

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Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
1836
DONCASTER HALL
1849
Falling
1870
THE SWELLS OF WOOLLOOMOOLOO HILL
1884
THE REVOLUTIONARY AND THE BOOK COLLECTOR
1903
THE GOLDEN AGE
1924
Neon
THE UNDERBELLY OF AUSTRALIAS MONTMARTRE
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Louis Nowra is the author of several novels, including Ice, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and The Misery of Beauty. His nonfiction includes Bad Dreaming, which discusses violence in Aboriginal communities in remote Australia. He is also the author of two memoirs, Shooting the Moon and The Twelfth of Never, and the coeditor of an anthology of writing about Kings Cross, In the Gutter Looking at the Stars. His essays and commentary appear regularly in the Monthly, the Australian Literary Review, and major Australian newspapers.

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