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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.

‘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

Reviews

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143205821

    March 28, 2011

    Penguin

    576 pages

    RRP $26.95

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  • Hardback

    9781926428451

    March 21, 2012

    Hamish Hamilton

    480 pages

    RRP $39.95

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    • QBD
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  • Paperback

    9780140273984

    January 5, 1998

    Penguin

    448 pages

    RRP $24.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742537016

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    444 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
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Awards and Recognition

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

Also by Tim Winton

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

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Breath
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Sanctuary
On Chesil Beach
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home