Released on 31 May 2018.

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The Boy Behind the Curtain

Notes From an Australian Life

3.96 based on 261 ratings & 47 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

'Eclectic and impassioned, a collection that affirms the power of the written word and Winton’s mastery of it' Observer

The Boy Behind the Curtain is a portrait of a life, a place and a man.

In this deeply personal collection of true stories and essays Tim Winton shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and - most pressingly - how all his experiences have made him a writer.

From unexpected links between car crashes and faith, surfing and writing, to the story of his upbringing in the changing Australian landscape, The Boy Behind the Curtain is an impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing collection of memories, and Winton's most personal book to date.

In the media

The bard of the beach-front
Economist
One of the greatest writers ever to emerge from Down Under . . . this is a real memoir – a book that grabs you by the scruff and forces you to take a good, hard look into the author’s soul. Compelling, unflinching and true, it’s surely the definitive statement on Winton the man
Scotsman
Eclectic and impassioned, it is a collection that affirms the power of the written word and Winton’s mastery of it
Observer