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Tim Winton's Shrine is searing play about the way in which we try to own our dead, and the way in which they come to own us.

Tim Winton's Shrine is searing play about the way in which we try to own our dead, and the way in which they come to own us.

A year after the death of their son Jack in an early-morning car crash, Adam and Mary Mansfield are still struggling with what happened. Adam has sold his winery, and his trips to the beach house have become more frequent – anything to avoid Mary's silent suffering. One day he encounters a young woman he used to employ as a cellarhand. June knows her way around a vineyard, and she also knows a lot about Jack. It's a story she needs to share with Adam, the story of his son's final hours.

Set above the rocky headlands of the south coast of Western Australia, between forest and sea, Tim Winton's third play untangles a domestic heartbreak that has morphed into mythology, in a landscape inhabited by ghosts.


'Tim Winton at his very best.' Theatre Australia 'A hypnotic rhapsody of love and pain. You can almost taste the seawater.' Colosoul Magazine

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143572169

    July 23, 2014

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    144 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781743485934

    July 23, 2014

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    96 pages

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Also by Tim Winton

The Boy Behind the Curtain
Island Home
Eyrie
Breath
Dirt Music
Blueback
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
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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