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‘This country leans in on you. Like family. To my way of thinking, it is family.’

The natural world, in Tim Winton’s novels, is as much a living presence as any character, and what is true of his work is true of his life. From boyhood, his relationship with sea, scrub and swamp has been as vital as blood relations. The country has seeped into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance.

This is the story of how that relationship came to be, and also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more so than any political idea, the physical entity of Australia defines us, in ways we too often forget. Wise, rhapsodic, exalted, Island Home is a beautiful, evocative, sometimes provocative, investigation of how the land makes us who we are.

Reviews

A cultural call to arms . . . Winton remains one of the finest place-painters in Australian literature

Jamie Hanson, The Guardian (Australia)

An exquisite book that functions as literary memoir, nature writing, and environmentalist’s creed

James McNamara, The Spectator (UK)

Winton embraces everything that is good, bad and ugly about this continent and his commitment is contagious

Herald Sun

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143574095

    May 15, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    256 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Hardback

    9781926428741

    September 23, 2015

    Hamish Hamilton (AU Adult)

    256 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9781760142230

    September 23, 2015

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    256 pages

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Also by Tim Winton

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

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