Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. He is the author of such plays as Inner Voices, Visions, Inside the Island, Cosi, Radiance and The Boyce Trilogy. He has written five non-fiction works, The Cheated, Warne's World, Walkabout, Chihuahuas,Women and Me, and Bad Dreaming, the novels The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights, Abaza and Ice, the memoirs The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon, as well as radio plays, telemovies and film scripts. Ice was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009, and won an Honourable Mention in the Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards 2009.
Louis Nowra lives in Kings Cross with his wife, Mandy Sayer, a writer, and Coco, their chihuahua who has appeared in magazines, newspapers and on television.
A touching and inspiring story is told with striking originality. Hannah and Becky are enjoying a happy outing on a boat with Hannah’s dad when disaster strikes. Swept overboard, the girls survive and wake up to find themselves washed ashore in Tasmania. How they survive in the bush relying only on a tiger to help them is a story full of magic, hope and surprise. An exceptional story by an award-winning Australian author. "Into That Forest" will have the same impact as "Life of Pi", "How I Live Now" and "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". Haunting, captivating and totally extraordinary. It reads like a true story - it's in turn wonderful, truly moving and shocking. You'll never forget it. ________________________________________ This novel is narrated by a very elderly lady who tells the story of her own childhood being brought up by tigers in the Tasmanian bush. It will be enjoyed immensely by adult readers just as it will be children aged 10+. You'll find a number of reader reviews by children on the Lovereading4kids site.
Told in his vivid and entertaining style, Louis Nowra writes Woolloomooloo's biography, drink in hand, from the vantage point of the Old Fitzroy Hotel, the cosy, eccentric and wonderful pub on Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. It's a world of sex, sin, sly grog, sailors, razor gangs, larrikins, workers, artisans, fishermen, activists, drinkers, fashion designers, tradies, and artists. It's also a story of courage, resilience, tolerance, compassion. And though the pub has a real theatre, it's the cast of real-life characters that are the stars of this show. Woolloomooloo's past wraps around its present. Louis - often accompanied by Coco the Chihuahua and other two-legged locals, often walks the streets, uncovering history - some official, some never revealed. He stumbles across pockets of beauty and charm, and the derelict and abandoned. Unforgettable - and unspellable - Woolloomooloo in this book is a place as fascinating as its name.
Black parachutes fall from the sky: young soldiers - and a dog - on a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan.But the mission ends in chaos, and Mark and Prince embark on a perilous journey through enemy territory. Will they make it back to base? All they have is each other. All they can do is survive, today, tomorrow and the next day.A dramatic, powerful story of war and the bond between a young soldier and a dog, from the acclaimed author of Into That Forest.
Moving, shocking and wonderful in equal measures, Into That Forest is a must-read for anyone who loved The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or Life of Pi. This is the story of two girls lost in the Tasmanian bush, saved and raised by two Tasmanian tigers. Unforgettable, original and vivid in its composition, Louis Nowra is one of Australia's foremost literary talents.
Celebrated playwright, author and screenwriter Louis Nowra loves King Cross. A long-time resident, he makes us reimagine the most infamous and misunderstood place in Australia, a magnet for bohemianism, cosmopolitanism and organised crime. In a wildly energetic book that walks the streets, sits in bars, chats with the locals, and spends time in clubs and apartments where you wish the walls could talk, Nowra traverses the history and the future of his beloved neighbourhood. He burrows beneath the sensationalist Underbelly `sex and sin' narrative, revealing stories and a cast of characters - some household names, others little-known - that not even a writer could conjure up. Kings Cross is a no-holds barred place where backpackers, prostitutes, strippers, chefs, mad men, poets, beggars, booksellers, doctors, gangsters, sailors, musicians, drug traffickers, eccentrics, judges and artists live side by side. Part flaneur, part historian and part eyewitness, Louis Nowra is the best possible guide to a place that is both real and a state of mind.