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You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids

by Robert G. Barrett

You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids is the first in a series of adventures involving Les Norton, a big red-headed country boy from Queensland who is forced to move on the big smoke when things get a little hot for him in his hometown.

Working as a bouncer at an illegal casino up at the Cross, Les Norton gets to meet some fascinating characters who make up the seamier side of one of the most exciting cities in the world – gamblers, conmen, bookies, bouncers, hookers and hitmen, who ply their respective trades from the golden sands of Bondi to the tainted gutters of King’s Cross. . . usually on the wrong side of the law.

As raw as a greyhound’s dinner, Les is nevertheless a top bloke – fond of a drink, loves a laugh and he’s handy with his fists. And, just quietly, he’s a bit of a ladies man too. . . Les Norton is undoubtedly an Australian cult figure.

#19 in Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads


01 January, 1984

About Robert G. Barrett

Robert G. Barrett was raised in Sydney's Bondi where he worked mainly as a butcher. After 30 years he moved to Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Robert appeared in a number of films and TV commercials but preferred to concentrate on his writing career. Robert G. Barrett died peacefully at his home in Terrigal on 20th September 2012 following a long battle with the 'Big C'.


  1. Russell pinney

    A great series, if you want to buy a present for a bloke who wants something light and funny then this is the perfect book.

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