A new book from Tim Winton is always a very good thing, and its even better to be able to hear him talk about his writing. We are delighted to welcome him back to Ely, to talk about his newest novel, The Shepherds Hut. "
"For years Jaxie Clackton has dreaded going home. His beloved mum is dead, and he wishes his dad was too, until one terrible moment leaves his life stripped to nothing. No one ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. And so Jaxie runs. Theres just one person in the world who understands him, but to reach her hell have to cross the vast saltlands of Western Australia. It is a place that harbours criminals and threatens to kill those who havent reckoned with its hot, waterless vastness. This is a journey only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt. "
"Fierce and lyrical, The Shepherds Hut is a story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship. Most of all it is about what it takes to keep hope alive in a parched and brutal world.
St Peter's Church
23/06/2018 7:30 PM
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Tim Winton has published over twenty books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into many different languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). Active in the environmental movement, he is the Patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. He lives in Western Australia.