3.58 based on 4012 ratings & 641 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 22.05.2014
ISBN: 9781447253464
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

Tom Keely has lost his bearings. His reputation in ruins, he finds himself holed up in a flat at the top of a grim high-rise, looking down on the world he’s fallen out of love with.

He has cut himself off, and intends to keep it that way, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman from his past and her introverted young boy. The encounter shakes him up in a way he doesn’t understand and, despite himself, Keely lets them in.

But the pair come trailing a dangerous past of their own, and Keely is soon immersed in a world that threatens to destroy everything he has learnt to love.

Eyrie is a heart-stopping novel written with breath-taking tenderness. Funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting, it asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.

In the media

Often extremely funny . . . Some readers will be surprised that a novel from the twice-Booker-shortlisted author takes place around a tower block, so successfully has he made himself the poet laureate of the wide sky, the red dirt, the salt and thick estuarine mud of Western Australia in his previous work. But it is in many ways the logical end point of tensions between the natural world and human exploitation of it that have been present in his work from the beginning . . . Winton is in absolute command of his story. The pace and tension is unremitting, the language unfussy while retaining Winton's trademark lyricism . . . After reading this novel, I had a feeling of bruised revelation.
Guardian
Winton describes Keely's world in virtuosic prose and salty dialogue that rings true. But this is not just a serious and deeply humane portrait of people buffeted by life - it is also a fascinating and insightful portrait of Fremantle ('Old Freo') and Perth, gateways to Western Australia's vast ore riches. Winton is at his best describing those cities' yawning disparities of wealth - and the associated environmental cost
Metro
Where Winton comes vividly and vigorously into his own is in his novel's blazingly immediate portrayal of Fremantle and Perth, sizzling, during a scorching February, between the flaring light of the Indian Ocean and roasting wings from the red plains of the Australian interior
Sunday Times Ireland