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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.

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.


‘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

Cloudstreet is a comic, poignant and intelligent tour de force.’ Jim Crace

‘A groundbreaking Australian narrative [with an] irresistible combination of the domestic and the mythic.’ Thomas Keneally

‘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

Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781926428451

    March 21, 2012

    Hamish Hamilton

    480 pages

    RRP $39.95

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  • Paperback

    9780143205821

    March 28, 2011

    Penguin

    576 pages

    RRP $26.95

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  • Paperback

    9780140273984

    January 5, 1998

    Penguin

    448 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781742537016

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    444 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Banjo Award for Australian Literature
    1991
    Winner
    Fiction
  • W.A. Premier's Book Award
    1991
    Joint winner
    Fiction
  • Colin Roderick Award
    1991
    Shortlisted
    Best Book
  • The Miles Franklin Literary Award
    1992
    Winner
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • W.A. Premier's Book Award
    1992
    Joint winner
    Fiction
  • 3M Talking Book Award-NSW
    1992
    Shortlisted
    Talking Book

Also by Tim Winton

The Boy Behind the Curtain
Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo
Island Home
Eyrie
The Bugalugs Bum Thief: Aussie Bites
Breath
The Turning
The Shepherd's Hut
Shrine: A Play in One Act
Signs of Life: A Play In One Act
Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster
Lockie Leonard: Legend
Dirt Music
The Riders
Cloudstreet the Screenplay
Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir
In the Winter Dark
Shallows
Blueback
The Deep
Scission
That Eye, The Sky
An Open Swimmer
Minimum of Two

Recommendations

The Golden House
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Girl on the Train
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Line of Fire
Ready Player One