Me My Shelf & I with Bryan Brown

Article | Issue: Nov 2023

BRYAN BROWN is an author and well-known Australian actor who has appeared in over 80 film and television shows. His debut book, Sweet Jimmy was published in 2021. The Drowning is his second book and is a suspenseful story that follows the unravelling of a seemingly idyllic town when the body of a teenage boy is found.



What are you reading now, and why?
I just finished reading Kate Grenville’s Restless Dolly Maunder. I’m a big fan of Kate Grenville with The Lieutenant being one of my favourite books.

What were your favourite books as a child?
As a child I had Golden Books that my mother read to me. As a young man I didn’t enjoy books at all.

Which books have made you cry?
I can’t think of a book that has made me cry but some I’ve found sad.

Which books have made you laugh out loud?
Mick Herron’s characters in Slough House get a chuckle out of me.

What are some of your favourite crime fiction novels?
Ian Rankin’s ‘Rebus’ series made me feel like I was living in Edinburgh, and Henning Mankell’s ‘Wallender’ series drenched me in Malmo, Sweden.

You’ve had a long and successful acting career – what inspired your foray into writing?
In the course of writing pitches for film or TV I found myself enjoying the process of telling the story. And so a book of short stories ended up being Sweet Jimmy.

The Drowning is your second novel – how has the writing process of this novel compared to your first novel, Sweet Jimmy?
The process for The Drowning was much the same as for Sweet Jimmy. No more than a couple of hours a day, but not every day.

Your novel follows the murder of a teenage boy called David – did you know from the beginning how the mystery would unfold, or did it come to you as you wrote?
I knew I had an arresting beginning, a dramatic and intriguing incident and three characters whose lives I could explore. Those three characters led me to The Drowning.

If you were hosting a dinner party, who are the six people (living or dead) that you would love to invite?
A dinner party with six misfits from around the suburbs of Sydney would be a classic night.



Bryan Brown is known as an actor, having appeared in over eighty film and television shows. He has worked in some twenty countries including his home country of Australia and the United States. Sweet Jimmy, consisting of seven short stories on crime, was released in 2021. The Drowning is his second book.

Author: Bryan Brown

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781761069802

RRP: $32.99

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