Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside.
Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. From his seedy highrise flat Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired hurt and angry, well past caring. But he cannot avoid entanglement with the neighbours: a woman from his past, a boy the likes of which he's never met before. Two strangers leading a life beyond his experience and into whose orbit he falls despite himself.
What follows is a heart-stopping, funny, exhilarating and haunting. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.
About the Author
Tim Winton has published 25 books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into 28 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).
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Comments about Eyrie:
Brilliant rendering of place and weather. Winton's descriptions of WA heat practically sear your eyeballs as you read. However, the
issue that most exercised my book group was the intent behind the clear delineation between "struggle street" working class (Gemma and family) and educated lefties who resist the notion that they have become middle class by benefit of education and career (protagonist). Some in my group thought Winton was casually dismissive and disengaged in his depiction of the former, but some (including me) thought he was intentionally digging into the salon socialist disingenuousness of the latter. We enjoyably argued about that for some time.
Comments about Eyrie:
Prompt delivery and all good.
'A superb tale of disillusionment and redemption, loss and beauty, this is Winton in top form . . . [He] has rarely been funnier.' Michael Williams, The Guardian Australia
'Outstanding . . . From the opening pages you know you are in the hands of a master.' Stephen Romei, Weekend Australian
'Tim Winton's Doris is a gem . . . The characterisations are a joy.' Lyn Mills, Canberra Times
'An absurdly good writer . . . This is a fascinating, thought-provoking book.' Publishers Weekly (US)
'Eyrie is breathtaking . . . honest, provocative and brilliant.' William Yeoman, West Australian
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 25th June 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 19.9
Edition Number: 1