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Island Home : A Landscape Memoir - Tim Winton

Island Home

A Landscape Memoir

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Published: 23rd September 2015
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Tim Winton's Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving memoir from one of our finest writers, but a compelling investigation into the way Australia's landscape makes us who we are.

'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.

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    • Green Hipocrisy

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      Tim Winton is one of my favourite writers, but in this book he just wallows in green hypocrisy. This beach was great until more people came. It was great to live here until people came to live here. I'm an environmentalist who drives a 4 wheel drive and flies all over the world. It's too late Tim. There are 7 billion of us and you are relatively late on the scene yourself. You are actually criticising people just like yourself.

       
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      Winton at his descriptive Best.

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        An unusual way to look at Australia and its landscape. Winton has a unique connection to the land. Humour interspersed with keen observation.

         
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        A must read if you love Australia

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          A must if. Tim Winto fan and the beauty he portrays of Australia

           
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            Island Home is Inspiring; eco friendly; beautifully written. Tim Winton fans are loving this sensitive. gorgeous book

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            Tim Winton

            The pre-eminent Australian novelist of his generation, Tim’s literary reputation was established early when his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the 1981 Australian Vogel Award; his second novel Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984; and his third book, Scission, a collection of short stories, won the West Australian Council Literary Award in 1985.

            That Eye the Sky was adapted for the stage by Justin Monjo and Richard Roxburgh, and also made into a film. A second film adaptation was made of In the Winter Dark, featuring Brenda Blethyn.

            Tim’s fifth novel, Cloudstreet, the story of two working-class families rebuilding their lives, was a huge literary and commercial success. It has been a best seller since its publication in 1991 and was recently voted the most popular Australian novel by the Australian Society of Authors. Awards include National Book Council Banjo Award for Fiction, 1991; West Australian Fiction Award 1991; Deo Gloria Award (UK), 1991 and the 1992 Miles Franklin Award.

            Cloudstreet, was adapted for the stage by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo, and played to sell-out houses around Australia and in Zurich, London and Dublin in 1999. It toured internationally again in 2001, playing in London, New York and Washington. Film rights have been bought by Cloudstreet Inc. (USA).

            Tim’s 1995 novel The Riders was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize and has been translated into numerous languages including French, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Greek and Hebrew.

            His books for children and teenagers include the series of three books about the 13 year old Lockie Leonard. The first book in the series, Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo, won the Western Australia Premier's Award for Children's Fiction. It was adapted for the stage by Paige Gibbs and toured nationally with great success. Lockie Leonard, Legend, the most recent in the series, won the Family Award for Children’s Literature. The books are being made into a television series by RB Films.

            In 2001 Tim’s novel, Dirt Music, was published to considerable critical acclaim and impressive reviews. The book was shortlisted for the 2002 Mann Booker Prize and won the 2002 Miles Franklin Award, the West Australian Fiction Award and the Christina Stead Award for Fiction. Film rights have been optioned to Phil Noyce’s film company, Rumbalara Films, and Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are signed to star in the film.

            The Turning, published in 2004, was described as At once exquisite and unsettling, brimming with imagery so lush and observations so precise the book is almost incandescent (The Bulletin). The Turning was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Queensland Fiction Book Award and the Colin Roderick Award.

            His new novel, Breath, was published by Penguin Books Australia, Picador United Kingdom, Farrar Straus Giroux USA, Harper Collins Canada, de Gues in the Netherlands, Luchterland Germany and Editions Rivages Payot France in 2008.

            Breath was awarded the 2009 Miles Franklin Prize for Literature.

            Tim Winton is patron of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers sponsored by the City of Subiaco, Western Australia. Active in the environmental movement in Australia, he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to literature and the community. He is also the patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Stop the Toad Foundation and is active in many of their campaigns. He has recently contributed to the whaling debate with an article published on The Last Whale website. He lives in Western Australia with his wife and three children.

            Awards


            Winner - 2003 Australian Society of Authors Medal

            For Adults:
            Breath
            Winner - 2009 Miles Franklin Award
            Winner - 2008 Age Book of the Year Fiction Award
            Winner - 2008 Indie Award
            Shortlisted - 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and the South Pacific Region
            Shortlisted - 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize
            The Turning
            Shortlisted - 2005 Inaugural Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
            Commended - 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book
            Winner - 2005 Queensland Premier's Literary Award, Best Fiction Book
            Winner - 2005 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, Christina Stead Prize
            Joint Winner - 2004 Colin Roderick Award
            Dirt Music
            Shortlisted - 2002 Man Booker Prize
            Shortlisted - 2002 Kiriyama Prize
            Winner - 2002 Miles Franklin Award
            Winner - 2002 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize
            Winner - 2001 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Book of the Year
            Winner - 2001 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
            Winner - 2001 Good Reading Award - Readers Choice Book of the Year
            Winner - 2001 Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award
            The Riders
            Shortlisted - 1995 Booker Prize
            Winner - 1995 Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region
            Cloudstreet
            Winner - 1992 Deo Gloria Award
            Winner - 1991 NBC Banjo Award for Literature
            Winner -1991 Miles Franklin Award
            Joint Winner - 1991 Western Australia Premier's Book Award - Fiction
            Minimum of Two and Other Stories
            Winner - 1988 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
            Scission and Other Stories
            Joint Winner - 1985 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
            Winner - 1985 Western Australian Council Literary Award
            Shallows
            Winner - 1984 Miles Franklin Literary Award
            Joint Winner - 1985 Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction
            An Open Swimmer
            Winner - 1981 Australian/Vogel National Literary Award

            For Children and Young Adults:
            Lockie Leonard, Legend
            Winner - 1998 Family Award for Children's Literature
            Blueback
            Winner - 1998 Bolinda Audio Book Awards
            Winner - 1998 Wilderness Society Environment Award
            Winner - 1999 WAYRBA Hoffman Award for Young Readers
            Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster
            Winner - 1993 Wilderness Society Environment Award
            The Buglalugs Bum Thief
            Winner - 1994 CROW Award (Children Reading Outstanding Writers): Focus list (Years 3-5)
            Winner - 1998 YABBA Awards: Fiction for Younger Readers
            Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo
            Winner - 1993 American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults Award
            Winner - 1996 YABBA Awards: Fiction for Older Readers
            Joint winner - 1991 Western Australian Premier's Book Award: Children's Book
            Jesse
            Winner - 1990 Western Australian Premier's Book Award: Children's Book

            Visit Tim Winton's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9781926428741
            ISBN-10: 1926428749
            Audience: General
            Format: Hardcover
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 256
            Published: 23rd September 2015
            Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 16.1  x 2.9
            Weight (kg): 0.49
            Edition Number: 1