It's an autobiographical account of growing up in Perth, from the age of 6, when the author's family was transferred there from Melbourne, until the age of 21, when he leaves to accept a job as a journalist under Graham Perkin at the Age. Although dates are hardly mentioned, I understand that it spans the years 1949 to about 1964.
It's a a little easier to credit that, in the 50s, people regarded the hill above Cottesloe as "the wind-buffeted hill above the ocean". These days, this is expensive mining magnate territory, having a view can add a million dollars or more to the value of a property and the wind (which is still a strong south-westerly) is referred to as a "sea breeze"!
However the book also has a more sinister thread: it describes the time when the innocence of Perth's middle-class suburbia was disrupted by a series of gruesome murders. There was a theory that the murders were linked to the OBH (that's the Ocean Beach Hotel, still there at North Cott). It turned out that the author's life was intertwined with that of Eric Cooke, the murderer, who was the last person hanged at Fremantle. Drewe gives quite an insight into Cooke's life and circumstances, extending so far as an interview with his wife, Sally, some time after the execution. Cooke had not been an easy person to be married to, but even so, it's surprising that, in answer to the question, how did she feel at the appointed time of the execution, 8 am, when many people were counting the seconds, she replied, "What with feeding the kids and getting them ready for school and all the rest of it, eight o'clock sort of went past without me noticing".