In this lavishly produced book the images of award winning photographer Francis Andrijich, the essay from Robert Drewe, author of the best-selling memoir Shark Net and the impressionistic writing of Jeff Bell combine to create a stunning homage to the uniqueness of the city of Perth. From the broad golden beaches and the brilliant sunsets over the sea to the colourful yachts and silver waters of the Swan River; from the wonderful panoramas of Kings Park to the majestic jarrah forests and wildflowers of the Darling Scarp; from the vibrant cafi strips of Fremantle and Northbidge to the passionate football crowds at Subiaco; from the beautiful performances of the Western Australia Ballet to the magical theatre of Barking Gecko Frances images capture the essence that makes Perth such a wonderful city to visit and to live in. Beautifully presented, Perth will make an ideal gift for visitors and residents alike.
Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne on January 9, 1943, but from the age of six, when his father moved the family west to a better job in Perth, he grew up and was educated on the West Australian coast. The Swan River and Indian Ocean coast, where he learned to swim and surf, made an immediate and lasting impression on him. At Hale School he was captain of the school swimming team and editor of the school magazine, the 'Cygnet'. Swimming and publishing have remained interests all his life On his 18th birthday, already wishing to be a writer but unsure 'who was in charge of Writing', he joined 'The West Australian' as a cadet reporter. Three years later he was recruited by 'The Age' in Melbourne, and was made chief of that newspaper's Sydney bureau a year later, at 22. Sydney became home for him and his growing family, mostly in a small sandstone terrace in Euroka Street, North Sydney, where Henry Lawson had once lived. Robert Drewe became, variously, a well-known columnist, features editor, literary editor and special writer on 'The Australian' and the 'Bulletin'. During this time he travelled widely throughout Asia and North America, won two Walkley Awards for journalism and was awarded a Leader Grant travel scholarship by the United States Government. While still in his twenties, he turned from journalism to writing fiction. Beginning with 'The S