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David Whish-Wilson David Whish-Wilson i(A36054 works by)
Born: Established: 1966 Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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David Whish-Wilson was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. He has lived inSingapore, Victoria, Western Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has worked as a barman, actor, street seller, petty criminal, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug-trial guinea pig.

He lives in Fremantle and coordinates the creative writing program at Curtin University. In 2018, he released a non-fiction history titled Cathedral Square: The Historic Heart of Perth.

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y separately published work icon Perth Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2013 6111901 2013 single work prose

'David Whish-Wilson’s Perth is a place of surprising beauty, of sand-swept peace and brilliant light, yet a place where the deeper historical currents are never too far beneath the surface. Like the Swan River that flows in two directions at once at certain times, with the fresh water flowing seawards above the salty water flowing in beneath it, Perth strikes perfect harmony with the city’s contradictions and eccentricities.

'We look beyond shiny glass facades and boosterish talk of mining booms to the richness of the natural world and the trailblazers, the rebels, the occasional ghost and the ordinary people that bring Australia’s remotest city to life.' (Publication summary)

2014 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards West Australian History
y separately published work icon Line of Sight Camberwell : Viking , 2010 Z1721720 2010 single work novel crime (taught in 1 units)

'When a brothel madam is shot on a Perth golf course in 1975 it should be a routine murder enquiry. But it isn't. In fact there's barely an investigation at all, and Superintendent Swann thinks he knows why. Heroin is the new drug in town and the money is finding its way into some very respectable hands.

'It's the brave or the foolish who accuse their fellow cops of corruption, and sometimes not even Swann is sure which he is. Especially when those he's pointing the finger at have mates in every stronghold of power in the state - big business, organised crime, the government. He might have won the first round by forcing a royal commission, but the judge is an ailing patsy and the outcome seems predetermined. If that's not enough to contend with, Swann's teenage daughter has disappeared, he doesn't know whether she's alive or not, and the word on the street is he's a dead man walking.

'Line of Sight is classic crime noir, a tale of dark corruption set in a city of sun and heat.'

2011 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
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