We Were On Fire

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About the author:
Monty Webber is a surfer, artist, writer and film-maker. His last two films have won national and international awards; 'Journey on' (2013) and 'Liquid time' (2003). He has been a freelance contributor to 'Tracks Surfing Magazine' for just under 30 years, his first story appearing in 1988. He has self-published three collections of short stories; 'Random Rogues and Ratbag Tales' (2013), 'Tripping Yarns' (2014) and 'Diagnose This' (2015). His usual style of writing is considered 'Gonzo surf journalism' but his serious profiles on surfers have garnered a respect not usually attributed to surfing journalists. In 1982 he won a grant from the Visual Arts Board and worked for one year with Australian sculptor Michael Snape and had his first and only solo exhibition of large welded steel sculpture's at 'The Australian Center of Photography' sculpture garden in 1986. He has continued to draw and paint although rarely exhibits, other that in group photographic, drawing or painting shows. During the 1980s he was recognised as one of the best tube riders in the world; his 'title wave' from Billabong's first surfing video 'Surf into Summer' being referred to by 'Encyclopedia of Surfing's' Matt Warshaw as "The best tube-ride I had seen up until that point". He lives at Angourie Point, on the New South Wales north coast, where he surfs, writes, paints and makes films that stretch the medium to the point that they are recognised internationally as art. Australia's most revered surf film maker Alby Falzon describes Monty's film, Liquid Time as; "Without doubt the most beautiful film I have ever seen". It received the Cinematography Award at the 2004 Saint Jean de Luz Surf Film Festival.

We Were On Fire

Authored by Monty Webber

We Were On Fire is something of a departure from Monty's first three volumes of short stories, in that it represents his first attempt at a longer form novella. Like the short stories, it draws on many of the hilarious incidents of his somewhat chaotic formative years in the surf culture melting pot of Bondi. Through the character of Hiro san, a naive Japanese lad on a wide-eyed pilgrimage to one of Australian surfing's meccas, We Were On Fire is equal parts celebration and critique of Bondi's hedonistic '80s surfing milieu. The events that unfold take us on a wild but, ultimately, sobering ride into some of the darker corners of Australian surf culture, and shine an, at times, unflattering light on the four pillars of sun, surf, booze and mateship upon which it is founded.

Publication Date:
1532862350 / 9781532862359
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Urban Life

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