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Robert G. Barrett Robert G. Barrett i(A53741 works by) (a.k.a. Bob Barrett)
Born: Established: 14 Nov 1942 Bondi, Bondi area, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 20 Sep 2012 Terrigal, Terrigal - Avoca - Copacabana area, Gosford, Central Coast, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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Robert Barrett grew up in Bondi, Sydney and was educated at Bondi Beach Public School and Randwick Boys High. After leaving school at fourteen, he gained a trade as a butcher and also worked as a boner in meatworks in Sydney and Townsville.

After sustaining an injury, and while on compensation, Barrett completed some writing courses with the Workers Educational Association and wrote a short story on his larger-than-life character Les Norton which was published as 'A Hard Man' in Australian Penthouse. He has written gags for disc jockeys on Radio 2SM and he has also appeared in a number of films and television commercials.

Barrett published more than eighteen books, many based around the fictional character of Les Norton, an original, hard, street-wise man who runs Kings Cross.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon And de Fun don't Done Chippendale : Pan , 1993 Z99964 1993 single work novel

'They don’t call him Lucky Les for nothing. A ticket in a raffle and Norton was off to the US of A where it turned out hot, red hot, and it wasn’t just the weather. Night club brawls, mafia hitmen and too many girls called Lori, all in a sea of margaritas. Even for Les Norton it was just too hot to handle. So it was off to the Caribbean, where Millwood Downie — schoolteacher, historian and would-be stand-up comic — helps Les trace his family tree and possibly uncover the biggest earn ever.' (Publication summary)

2010 shortlisted Australian Book Review Fan Poll
y separately published work icon The Godson Sydney : Pan , 1989 Z22286 1989 single work novel crime

' Les thought that playing minder to Peregrine Normanhurst III sounded like a dead-set snack: Les would keep Peregrine out of trouble. So what if he was on the run from the IRA? They’d never follow him to Australia... But Les quickly finds himself thrust into an adventure that moves at breakneck speed from the corridors of power in Canberra to the grimy tenements of Belfast, to climax in a nerve-shattering, blood-spattered shootout on a survivalist fortress in the Tweed Valley.' (Publication summary)

2010 shortlisted Australian Book Review Fan Poll
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