‘I slept with it at night’: Brendan Cowell on the skateboard he lost and the beauty of boxing gloves

The actor-slash-writer shares his most treasured objects, and still pines for the gnarly skateboard that got nicked in year 9

For his new book, Brendan Cowell returned home. Plum, Cowell’s second novel, is set in Cronulla, the Sydney suburb he grew up in. It tells the story of Peter “The Plum” Lum, a 48-year-old ex-NRL player who is at a crisis point in life. Like much of Cowell’s work, it’s an examination of Australian masculinity and what it takes to be a decent human being.

Since his Cronulla days, Cowell has worked both in Australia and in London across film, TV and theatre. He penned the Belvoir St Theatre production Ruben Guthrie, later adapting it for the screen, and starred in and wrote for the acclaimed TV series Love My Way. A few years back you may have spotted him in Game of Thrones, and recently he’s been busy voicing a role in the upcoming Avatar sequel, set for release in 2022.

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