Zigzag Street

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Penguin Random House Australia, Feb 1, 2011 - Fiction - 284 pages
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A comic masterpiece -- Who Weekly. The book that began it all for Nick Earls.

Here I am, on a work day of some importance, riding out of town in a cab with a babe I've just concussed with footwear.

Richard Derrington is twenty-eight and single. More single than he'd like to be. More single than he'd expected to be, and not coping well. Since Anna trashed him six months ago he's been trying to find his way again.

He's doing his job badly, he's playing tennis badly, his renovating attempts haven't got past the verandah, and he's wondering when things are going to change. Zigzag Street covers six weeks of Richard's life in Brisbane's Red Hill. Six weeks of rumination, chaos, poor judgement, interpersonal clumsiness...and, eventually, hope.

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

I had heard a lot about Nick Earls; all good and a tv interview showed him to be funny in person, so I had high hopes for "Zigzag Street", the first (and only) Earls tome I have read. The fact that ... Read full review

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User Review  - pilgrimess - LibraryThing

I've been a Nick Earls fan for a long time, but I recently picked up Zigzag Street again and was reminded what a great read it is. Witty, crazy, fast-paced dialogue makes the characters come alive ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Nick Earls is the author of novels including The Fix, Zigzag Street, Bachelor Kisses, The True Story of Butterfish and Perfect Skin and the collection of short stories Welcome to Normal. His work has been published internationally in English and in translation. Zigzag Street won a Betty Trask Award in the UK in 1998, and Perfect Skin was the only novel nominated for an Australian Comedy Award in 2003. 48 Shades of Brown was awarded Book of the Year (older readers) by the Children's Book Council of Australia in 2000, and in the US it was a Kirkus Reviews selection in its books of the year for 2004. 48 Shades of Brown and Perfect Skin have been adapted into feature films, with Solo un Padre, the film adapted from the Italian edition of Perfect Skin, a top-ten box office hit in Italy in 2008.

After January, 48 Shades of Brown, Zigzag Street and Perfect Skin have all been successfully adapted for theatre, and the Zigzag Street play toured nationally in 2005. The True Story of Butterfish was also performed as a play.

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