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Eyrie  : Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award - Tim Winton

Eyrie

Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

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Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins.
And that's the upside.

Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim highrise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired hurt and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and well past caring.

But even in his seedy flat, ducking the neighbours, he's not safe from entanglement. All it takes is an awkward encounter in the lobby. 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, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting. Inhabited by unforgettable characters, Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.

Read John Purcell's Review

While reading Tim Winton's latest novel, Eyrie, I couldn't help thinking about Charlotte Wood's Animal People, Zadie Smith's NW and to a lesser extent, Julian Barnes' Sense of an Ending. All four books have been published in the last five years. Each chronicles the lives of people making do within a society they have inherited. Each book is despairing of the turn the western world has taken. Each searches for some sign that all is not lost.

Eyrie takes things one step further. All is lost in Tim Winton's book. There is no hope whatsoever. The backdrop to Winton's despair is the West Australian government's acquiescence to the needs of mining companies. His protagonist Tom Keely, a onetime prominent local environmentalist, is a defeated man. The tide of his life is out and all is exposed to the unforgiving sun. But it is at this moment someone from the forgotten past enters his life. She is all life has to offer him now. There are no easy choices. The route back to life promises to be unforgiving and without reward. Can Tom Keely pull himself together one last time?

The lesson here is, if there is a lesson, "ashes or diamonds, foe or friend, we're all equal in the end".

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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CHristian environmentalist alert

4

I quite like Tim Winton, he is a committed environmentalist and after reading his books it is not hard to miss that he is a committed christian as well. They are a difficult pairing and this book brings both inclinations together. It is almost as if both have a seige like mentality in the secular materialistic world and it is difficult to reconcile the commitments with a hard core naturalist view. However this book has woven the threads of both into a well written book.

St Kilda, VIc

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Disappointing finale (or lack thereof)

3

I thoroughly enjoyed reading most of the book but was left bewildered by the ending which, despite rereading a second time, I remain unsure of. This spoilt the whole experience as what was shaping up to be excellent ultimately fell flat. Discussions with other readers have yielded similar responses.

Brisbane

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Over descriptive

3

I found this book was over written, it seemed each sentence had too many descriptive words in them. It was a slow slog to get through this book. Disappointing ending too!

Broome

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Poor ending narrative

3

Mostly a great read looking for an ending.

Adelaide

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"Transcendant Prose"

5

Hands down the best book that I have read in over five years. Perfect for those that enjoy literary prose that consumes you and takes you into another world.

Wollongong, NSW, AU

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'Engages from the first word.'

5

'Eyrie' is Tim Winton at his best - full of humour and rich metaphors that are probably most relevant and meaningful to Australian readers. Multiple layers of meaning target the book to a wide audience.

Adelaide, AU

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Different to what I expected

3

Punctuation would have helped as It was a little difficult to follow

Ex NSW South Coast

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A master at work

4

Winton has mastered the art of keeping us reading; we always want to know what comes next. I find his mind games sometimes disturbing.

Coffs Harbour NSW

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Fantastic read , highly recomend

5

I am absolutely delighted with all aspects of service and delivery. I have recommended Booktopia to quite a few people.

FNQ

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A High Flyer

5

Tim Winton is able to create empathy in his reader for characters that are outside most people's usual acquaintance.

Rural Queensland

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Eyrie

4.0 12

66.7

*Starred Review* "[A] beautifully written powerful ninth novel . . . [Winton's] an absurdly good writer, with not only the proverbial eye for detail but also a facility for rendering each detail in an original way. Winton is ambitious; this is a state-of-the-nation novel about a world run amok . . . this is a fascinating, thought-provoking book." --"Publishers Weekly """Eyrie" is a fine work by any standard. It tackles myths of prosperity and success in a way that is not always comfortable, but that stirs deep thought. It is rich in compassion and affectionate towards the unlovely. It has a strong belief that no journey ends at the halfway mark. "Eyrie" is a novel for which our culture has been in urgent need." --Michael McGirr, "The Age" (Australia) "["Eyrie"] bears witness to how the sprawling suburban world of this older generation, so often perched on the edge of wilder natural landscapes, has been tidied up, boxed in, the ecology of childhood imagination narrowed to PlayStation and satellite dish. Mostly though, it is a clear-eyed yet compassionate depiction of the underclass that lives off the crumbs of the resource boom . . . However elaborate your analysis of "Eyrie," the novel stands, like all of the author's work, on its ability to marry sophistication and simplicity. Page by page it is an engrossing novel; the reader is moved and enraged in equal measure by the plain human story of Keely and his beautiful, battered adoptive family. You long for the good guy to win. You pray and ache for a fresh start for them all. And, as ever, it is couched in the prose of a writer on whom nothing is lost, for whom the tiniest local detail bears an epiphanic charge . . . 'Bravo, ' thinks Keely, 'f . . king brava.' On finishing "Eyrie," I felt much the same." --Geordie Williamson, "The Australian"Praise for "Breath""Stunning in the depth of its audacity . . . Limitlessly beautiful prose." --"The Washington Post Book World ""Darkly exhilara

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 won the Family Award for Children's Literature. The books were 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.

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. It 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

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ISBN: 9781926428536
ISBN-10: 1926428536
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 14th October 2013
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 15.4  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1