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Dirt Music - Tim Winton

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'Wonderfully alive, inventive and assured.' The Age

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognises herself. One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she looks up from the computer screen to see a shadow lurking on the beach below, and a dangerous new element enters her life. Luther Fox, the local poacher. Jinx. Outcast...

In prose as haunting and beautiful as its western setting, Dirt Music confirms Tim Winton's status as one of the finest novelists of his generation.

'...an immense work, and its dominant inspiration is a passion for the natural world that makes Winton not just a writer ...but a poet-prophet in the Romantic sense, and one of Australia's most precious cultural assets.'

Weekend Australian

'Awe-inspiring ...Sentence by sentence there are few finer stylists writing in English today.' Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Tim Winton has published twenty-one 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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            '… an immense work, and its dominant inspiration is a passion for the natural world that makes Winton not just a writer … but a poet-prophet in the Romantic sense, and one of Australia's most precious cultural assets.' Weekend Australian

            'Awe-inspiring … Sentence by sentence there are few finer stylists writing in English today.' Chicago Tribune

            Tim Winton

            The pre-eminent Australian novelist of his generation, Timâ??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.

            Timâ??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).

            Timâ??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 Childrenâ??s Literature. The books are being made into a television series by RB Films.

            In 2001 Timâ??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 Noyceâ??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 Oâ??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: 9780143568797
            ISBN-10: 0143568795
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 480
            Published: 2nd January 2013
            Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 3.1
            Weight (kg): 0.39
            Edition Number: 1