The Riders

Tim Winton

1995 Nominee

Man Booker Prize

1995 Winner

Commonwealth Foundation Writer's Prize for Best Book

28 June 2018
368 pages


Fred Scully is determined to carve a new life for himself and his young family in Ireland. For months he has laboured alone to make their dilapidated cottage habitable, and now his wife and child are coming to meet him: this will be their fresh start. But when he arrives at the airport to collect them, only his small daughter steps off the plane . . .

So begins Tim Winton's The Riders, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. This is Scully’s desperate journey across Europe, trying to track down the wife he comes to realize he didn’t know.

A brilliant reflection on the instability of personality and memory, written in page-turning style
An intricate, magnificently readable novel
Makes the senses jump. Concentrated, passionate, invigorating