Our Sunshine

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Our Sunshine
Author Robert Drewe
Country Australia
Language English
Publisher Pan Macmillan, Australia
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 189
ISBN 0330273264
Preceded by Fortune
Followed by The Drowner

Our Sunshine is a 1991 novel about Ned Kelly by Australian writer Robert Drewe.

It later served as a source of information for the 2003 film Ned Kelly, directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Naomi Watts.


  • Dedication: For James Fraser and Ray Lawrence
  • Epigraph: Myth is gossip grown old. - Stanislaw Lec
  • Epigraph: He stole my left ear. I took his right eye. He concealed fourteen of my teeth. I sewed up his lips. He stewed my behind. I turned his heart inside-out. He ate my liver. I drank his blood. War! - Elias Canetti
  • Epigraph: No one is himself... - Paul Bowles


“This is a mesmerizing novel.” Times Literary Supplement

“Robert Drewe’s revisionary – and visionary – novel makes your heart thud.” Time Out, London

“This book is addictive. Drewe’s language is, as ever, astonishing, with every one of his sentences containing a shiver of exactness and immediacy.” New Statesman

“A tour de force…A model of style and passion.” Thomas Shapcott, The Age

“Drewe has performed a remarkable feat of literary sleight-of-hand. . . Our Sunshine is a marvellous book.” Andrew Reimer, Sydney Morning Herald

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1992 shortlisted NBC Banjo Awards — NBC Banjo Award for Fiction
  • 1992 shortlisted Miles Franklin Award