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  • Published: 5 January 1998
  • ISBN: 9780140273984
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.99

Cloudstreet




Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

‘This is that rare book, a novel of both heart and intellect. It pulses with a sense of wonder and shines with the clear light of truth.’ Robert Drewe
After two separate catastrophes, two very different families leave the country for the bright lights of Perth. The Lambs are industrious, united and – until God seems to turn his back on their boy Fish – religious. The Pickleses are gamblers, boozers, fractious, and unlikely landlords.

Chance, hardship and the war force them to swallow their dignity and share a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet. Over the next twenty years they struggle and strive, laugh and curse, come apart and pull together under the same roof, and try as they can to make their lives.
‘One of the great masterpieces of world fiction.’ Philip Hensher

‘If you have not read Cloudstreet, your life is diminished . . . if you have not met these characters, this generous community, these tragedies, the humour. It is so wonderful.’ Mem Fox

  • Pub date: 5 January 1998
  • ISBN: 9780140273984
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Tim Winton

Tim Winton has published twenty-nine books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight 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). He lives in Western Australia.

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Praise for Cloudstreet

“This is that rare book, a novel of both heart and intellect. It pulses with a sense of wonder and shines with the clear light of truth.”

Robert Drewe

“One of the great masterpieces of world fiction.”

Philip Hensher

“If you have not read Cloudstreet, your life is diminished ... If you have not met these characters, this generous community, these tragedies, the humour. It is so wonderful.”

Mem Fox

“A groundbreaking Australian narrative [with an] irresistible combination of the domestic and the mythic.”

Thomas Keneally

“Cloudstreet is a comic, poignant and intelligent tour de force.”

Jim Crace

“Reading Cloudstreet for the first time was like a summer dream from which I wished never to wake.”

Gillian Mears

“Cloudstreet is the sole epic of contemporary Australian literature: in it, Winton paints on the same canvas as Xavier Herbert and Patrick White.”

Geordie Williamson

“A writer of tremendous zest, warmth and humour.”

Graham Swift

“Reading Cloudstreet is like catching a wave.”

Kate Jennings

“Eccentric heights and unrepeatable genius.”

Malcolm Knox

“Masterly... Ultimately a love letter to Australia, Cloudstreet is a compulsory and compulsive read. Read it and weep.”

Herald Sun

“Within Winton's writings, Cloudstreet may be considered a peak, where his lyrical language, vivid sense of place and dream-like scenarios coalesce into a stunning whole.”

Weekend Australian

“[Tim Winton] is a genius. His way with words and the way he writes is so raw and realistic and captures Australiana like no one else does. l am in awe of his talent.”

Emma Booth

“It has the surge, the sweep and momentum of a great American novel, but it's flagrantly Australian.”

Brenda Walker, Weekend Australian

“The first book that made me want to write ... It made life seem amazing and sprawling.”

Evie Wyld


Awards & Recognition

  • Banjo Award for Australian Literature

    Winner • 1991 • Fiction

  • W.A. Premier's Book Award

    Joint winner • 1991 • Fiction

  • Colin Roderick Award

    Shortlisted • 1991 • Best Book

  • The Miles Franklin Literary Award

    Winner • 1992 • Prize for Writing for Young Adults

  • W.A. Premier's Book Award

    Joint winner • 1992 • Fiction

  • 3M Talking Book Award-NSW

    Shortlisted • 1992 • Talking Book


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