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The stories in Tim Winton's inspired Minimum of Two make the ordinary extraordinary.

Tim Winton's characters are ordinary people who battle to maintain loyalty against all odds; women, children, men whose relationships strain under pressure and leave them bewildered, hoping, sometimes fleeing, but often finding strength in forgotten parts of themselves.

'Like Hemingway, Winton writes prose in which you can hear the thumping of the heart of the long-distance swimmer, or the rasping heaving breath of the asthmatic.' Times on Sunday

'A poignant collection of spare, understated tales about ordinary people battling to preserve the relationships they treasure in the face of many troubles.' Cleo

'Shows more clearly than anybody ever has how catastrophe, suffering and love can survive together in one little room.' Los Angeles Times

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780140273991

    November 14, 1997

    Penguin

    176 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
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    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742537351

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    168 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Awards and Recognition

  • 1988
    Winner
    Fiction
  • W.A. Premier's Book Award
    1988
    Winner
    Fiction

Also by Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut
Breath
Cloudstreet
Blueback
Dirt Music
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

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
Uncommon Type
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
Paris For One And Other Stories
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