Island Home

A landscape memoir

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Publication date: 05.05.2016
ISBN: 9781509816934
Number of pages: 0


'I grew up on the world's largest island.'

From his childhood, Tim Winton's relationship with the landscape around him - Australia's swamps and bush, rockpools, seacaves and scrub - has been as vital as any other connection. Whether camping in hidden inlets, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, or diving at Ningaloo Reef, Winton has felt the place seep into him - its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance.

Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the landscape came to be. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia's wild spaces, this book is a passionate call for their conservation, a memoir that urges us all to feel the ground beneath our feet.

Tim Winton's Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir, is also available from Picador.

In the media

Partly a love song to Australia and also an attempt to trace how this love affair began
Winton remains one of the finest place-painters in Australian literature
Guardian (Australia)
Both a celebration of Australia's wild places and an impassioned argument for their preservation . . . Island Home is a masterclass . . . chief among his influences, [Winton] says, was the novelist Randolph Stow, who was born in Geraldton, Winton's mother's home town . . . He was a writer "who seemed to feel the country of his birth as if he wore it". The same might be said of Winton himself

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Tim Winton and Howard Cunnell in conversation at Waterstones Brighton

Tim Winton and Howard Cunnell in conversation at Waterstones Brighton

  • Waterstones BRIGHTON
    Waterstones BRIGHTON
    71-74 North St Brighton , BN1 1ZA UNITED KINGDOM
  • 23 May 2017 19:30
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Two great writers, admirers of one another's work, in conversation and reading from their respective new books: Tim Winton from THE BOY BEHIND THE CURTAIN and Howard Cunnell from FATHERS AND SONS, ...

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