Hardly Beach Weather

by Bernard Cohen

On Sale: 28/05/2003



About the Book

the new novel from the Vogel Award-winning author of the Blindman's Hat. A road trip through lust, love and loneliness. Ex-boyfriend Jack drives his ex-girlfriend the 1400 kilometres from Sydney to Adelaide in a small car. Maria is going to Adelaide to meet up with her new boyfriend. Jack offers her a lift because their former love relationship is now improperly defined. Hardly Beach Weather is a road novel of unremitting Australianness: the sheep in the tuckerbag, a lone woman watching for snakes, mutual misinterpretations of city and bush. Along the way, Jack and Maria are assaulted by stories of love and heartbreak told by strangers in every country town, by shopkeepers, drinkers, hitchhikers; these are tales which bust through motel walls, interrupt the radio cricket and endlessly remind Jack of his and Maria's failures and shortcomings. Despite all evidence, Jack maintains hope - and Maria is very, very patient.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732268220
  • ISBN 10: 0732268222
  • Imprint: 4th Estate - AU
  • On Sale: 28/05/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 25.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Bernard Cohen is the award-winning author of four previous novels and a children's picture book. He won the Australian/Vogel Literary Award for THE BLINDMAN'S HAT and an Arts Council of England Writer's Award for THE ANTI-BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT F. MENZIES. He has been listed as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist three times and was a University of Technology Sydney Alumnus of the Year. He is founder and director of The Writing Workshop and holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS. Bernard lives in Sydney.

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