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Full of unforgettable characters, Dirt Music is Tim Winton's classic love song to land and place.

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Leached of all confidence, she spends her days in isolated tedium and her nights in a blur of vodka self-recrimination. One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she sees, a shadow drifting up the beach below - a loner called Luther Fox, with danger in his wake.

'Awe-inspiring . . . There are few finer stylists writing in English today.' Chicago Tribune

'Wonderfully alive, inventive and assured.' The Age

'Vividly written in a seemingly efffortless prose that never puts a foot wrong.' Sunday Times (London)

'His prose retains the power to both to shock and to fill us with wonder.' The Bulletin

'A compelling novel.' Times Literary Supplement

'Beautiful, aching . . . compelling.' Washington Post

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143568797

    January 2, 2013

    Penguin

    480 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781742538464

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

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Also by Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut
Breath
Cloudstreet
Blueback
Eyrie
The Boy Behind the Curtain
The Turning
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 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
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Breath
Ready Player One
Sanctuary
The Trip of a Lifetime
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Light Between Oceans
Magic
Animal Farm