The Shark Net by Robert Drewe Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Ok. So most movies, books or long-running TV-orientated soaps tend to
dwell on the sunnier side of living in Austrailia. Am I right?
Sure, there are instances of scandal now and again amidst the emotionally
challenged sprawl of Ramsey Street, but nothing too shocking or sleep-depriving .
The Shark Net, to the contrary, proves to be a subtly disturbing book, set on
the West Coast of the massive continent in the city of Perth, which is arguably
the most cut-off of all cities in the world, being so far away from its next closest city.
Much of this novel actually tells the story of a boy growing up in Perth,
and to extents assumes an autobiographical air of authenticity.
The boy's father works for the rubber-marketing giants Dunlop and is somewhat
conservative and old-fashioned in his ways, but the young boy yearns to life
a fuller and more rounded life.
Naturally, The Shark Net delves deep into the relationships that develop between
the boy and his family, his friends - and girls, as adolescence kicks in.
The Claremont dance defied the popular music of the era. Rock 'n' roll was daytime,
teenage music; it meant high spirits and high school and daylight.
Jazz was nightclubs, close dancing, and sexual aplomb. Rock 'n' roll made us feel
like the teenagers we were. Rock 'n' roll lyrics suggested milkshake and hamburgers.
Jazz made us feel like Hugh Hefner.
As the novel progresses, a local string of murders pierce an altogether darker aura
into proceedings as the seemingly safe community in which he lives is thrown into worry.
As coming-of-age drama novels go, this does make for a uniquely original read.
ISBN 0-140-28869-4 (Penguin; first published in Austrailia in 2000)
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This extraordinary woman was the first British woman to reach first the South Pole and then the
North Pole (along with another lady called Fiona), and this is her story...
Essentially an exquisite autobiography, this book starts out by chronicling Catherine's life -
in brief -
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I've been a Ken Loach fan ever since I saw Kes. I tend to think of that film now as the
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effort). Loach is the king of social realism that hits you where it hurts, and yet
leaves you with a lingering sense of having
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Autobiographical tales don't come much more nail-biting than this living nightmare, recalled
by mountaineer Joe who was left for dead on a snow-riddled peak in Peru back in 1985.
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I have just returned home from a Monday night at the Adelphi club on De Grey Street clutching
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I had new dark Kit Kats to eat but I didn't spare them a thought, until I had read
Reviews, Theatre - Julius Caesar at Hull Truck Wednesday 10th November 04 By Nicholas Boldock
Predictably, Hull Truck dispenses with tradition for this pulsating performance
of one of Shakespeare's most ambitious plays. The differences between Godber's version
and Shakespeare's are glaring - an original cast of 51 is slashed to just 6 actors
(although most of them play multiple roles)
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Starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, this rollercoasting thrill-ride is
one of the coolest of action movies to have hit the screen in 2004, as Summer goes out to the
dogs and the first pangs of Autumn strike the air.
Tom, like his ex-wife Nicole Kidman, never seems to stop working
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around America in search of exciting new people, places and - above else -
Confining her extensive travels to the Eastern side of North America and,
in particular, the South-East states of Alabama, Georgia
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Born and bred in Hull, Mick Ronson indeed did come from extremely humble beginnings to
become one of Britain's most respected musicians and producers.
Born in 1946, it was in the early seventies that Mick first became well known
through his work with David Bowie, with ace guitarist Mick
Reviews, Theatre - Gaffer! at York Theatre Royal By Nick Quantrill
Gaffer! is a one-man black-comedy which sees Deka Walmsley deliver a convincing
portrayal of a variety of comedy football characters and caricatures.
The central character is George, manager of struggling Northbridge Town.
George and Northbridge Town are old school. George has strong socialist values
Reviews, Films - Alien VS Predator By Steve Rudd
Whoever came up with the bright idea of violently pitting Alien against Predator
sure deserves a pat on the back and a raucous round of applause, for this big-budget
movie scores on many levels.
Whereas the bulk of the Alien franchise has long relied on
atmospheric tension rather than all-out action
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Brucie, we need you - and more than ever!
A true rock 'n' roll star in every sense and then some, Bruce has had a truly staggering career in the music business, and even as we maniacally rush headlong into the 21st Century he is more popular than ever.
This biography of