Author: NOWRA LOUIS
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Imprint: NEW SOUTH WALES UNI PRESS
Publishing status: Active
It was no wonder I was glad to be down in Woolloomooloo. The Old Fitzroy reminded me of how Kings Cross used to be.
Told in his vivid and entertaining style, Louis Nowra writes Woolloomoolooâ€™s biography, drink in hand, from the vantage point of the Old Fitzroy Hotel, the cosy, eccentric and wonderful pub on Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. Itâ€™s a world of sex, sin, sly grog, sailors, razor gangs, larrikins, workers, artisans, murderers, fishermen, activists, drinkers, fashion designers, tradies, artists and the downright dangerous. Itâ€™s also a story of courage, resilience, tolerance, compassion. And though the pub has a real theatre, itâ€™s the cast of real-life characters that are the stars of this show.
Woolloomoolooâ€™s past wraps around its present. Louis â€“ often accompanied by Coco the Chihuahua and other two-legged locals, often walks the streets, uncovering history â€“ some official, some never revealed. He stumbles across pockets of beauty and charm, and the derelict and abandoned. Unforgettable â€“ and unspellable â€“ Woolloomooloo in this book is a place as fascinating as its name.