Island Home

A landscape memoir

4.06 based on 515 ratings & 102 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 05.05.2016
ISBN: 9781509816910
Number of pages: 208

Synopsis

'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

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
Telegraph
The two themes that Winton wants to convey - and does so with brilliant success in this small jewel of a book - are the impact of a Western Australian heritage on his life and writing, and the urgent need to conserve Australia's wild places
Times Literary Supplement
Wonderful . . . Winton's prose nails his country's strange and savage beauty
RTÉ Guide