Drowning with Bryan at Boatie

Bryan Brown enjoys the sunset hour with David Williamson.

A large and enthusiastic crowd filled the Boathouse last Friday night for the Noosa launch of Aussie icon and actor Bryan Brown’s first novel, The Drowning, presented by Annie’s Books on Peregian.

The international screen star took a career sidetrack in 2021 when he published his first book, the well-received short story collection, Sweet Jimmy, which was so successful his publishers urged him to turn his hand to a novel.

The result is a fast-paced murder thriller set in a beach town not unlike the one he and wife Rachel Ward call their second home on the NSW north coast.

Over a fabulous dinner and a very special Noosa sunset, Bryan shared his journey from film to the printed page in conversation with our own literary icon, David Williamson, much to the delight of the audience.

More of that in Phil Jarratt’s what-you-see-is-what-you-get profile in next week’s NT.