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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 The Sawdust House Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2022 23419740 2022 single work novel historical fiction crime

'San Francisco, 1856. Irish-born James ‘Yankee’ Sullivan is being held in jail by the Committee of Vigilance, which aims to rout the Australian criminals from the town. As Sullivan’s mistress, seeks his release and as his fellow prisoners are taken away to be hanged, the convict tells a story of triumph and tragedy: of his daring escape from penal servitude in Australia; how he became America’s most celebrated boxer; and how he met the true love of his life.'

Source : publisher's blurb

2022 longlisted HNSA Historical Novel Prize Adult
y separately published work icon True West Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2019 16814947 2019 single work single work novel crime

'Western Australia, 1988. After betraying the Knights bikie gang, 17-year-old Lee Southern flees to the city with nothing left to lose.

'Working as a rogue tow truck driver in Perth, he is captured by right-wing extremists whose combination of seduction and blackmail keeps him on the wrong side of the law and under their control.

'As the true nature of what drives his captors unfolds, Lee becomes an unwilling participant in a breathtakingly ambitious plot – and a cold-blooded crime that will show just how much he, and everyone else, still has to lose.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
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 Western Australian History
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