Tim Winton Island Home: A Landscape Memoir

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Island Home: A Landscape Memoir

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“I grew up on the world's largest island.”

This apparently simple fact is the starting point for Tim Winton's beautiful, evocative, and sometimes provocative memoir of how this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing.

For over thirty years, Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. What is true of his work is also true of his life: from boyhood, his relationship with the world around him—rockpools, seacaves, scrub, and swamp—was as vital as any other connection. Camping in hidden inlets of the south-east, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, diving at Ningaloo Reef, bobbing in the sea between sets, Winton has felt the place seep into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance, and learned to see landscape as a living process.

Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing, and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country's.

Wise, rhapsodic, exalted—Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.

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Tim Winton has published twenty books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.

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Named a "Top Ten Memoir for Spring 2017" by Publishers Weekly
Praise for Tim Winton
“Winton, one of Australia’s most acclaimed novelists, excels at conveying the shadowy side of his country’s beauty.”New York Times
Praise for Island Home
“Insightful and vibrant . . . In part a love song to Australia and also an attempt to trace how this love affair began . . . Island Home is a delight to read: Winton’s words chink like loose change, a foreign currency, mysterious. But more than anything, the book is a call to arms, a manifesto. It beseeches us to revere the land that sustains us, crying out to us for help.”Guardian
“Winton’s Australia is teeming and brimming and shrieking and squawking with life.”Sydney Morning Herald
“Like Wordsworth, Winton understands and feels the ‘abiding power’ of certain places. . . . The writer of memoir can be triumphantly personal, quixotic, eccentric, risky, and daring. In Island Home, Winton is all of these. This most exquisite of prose writers eases stylistic discipline out a notch or two. . . . The last chapter of this inspiring, sometimes painfully frank, wonderful memoir is called ‘Paying Respect,’ and . . . its clarion call is Blakean: everything that lives is holy.”Australian Book Review
Island Home is a powerful and poetic read, an expression of Winton’s intense love of the land and the sea, and for Australia’s unique flora and fauna.”Weekend Herald (NZ)

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