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  • Published: 14 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143785996
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

The Boy Behind the Curtain




This highly acclaimed collection of memoirs is Winton’s most intimate and revealing work yet. Along with Island Home and Land’s Edge (both also first published in paperback in 2017), it forms the remarkable culmination of Winton’s autobiographical trilogy, showing our finest novelist also to be one of our finest writers of non-fiction.

‘Being a copper’s son, I’ve always got one eye out for trouble. I can’t help it. But I don’t go looking for it anymore.’
In Tim Winton’s fiction, chaos shapes the lives of his characters. So too Winton’s own life. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision.

By turns impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing, this is Winton’s most personal book to date, an insight into the man who’s held us enthralled for three decades and helped us reshape our view of ourselves. Behind it all, from risk-taking youth to surprise-averse middle age, has been the crazy punt of staking everything on becoming a writer.

  • Pub date: 14 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143785996
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Tim Winton

Tim Winton has published twenty-nine books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.

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Praise for The Boy Behind the Curtain

“A dazzling book, full of wisdom and wonder . . . with a staggering, effortless sense of drama wherever you pick it up . . . No one is better than Tim Winton at giving dramatic substance to the interface between art and life . . . This is a rich and brilliant book.”

Peter Craven, Australian Book Review

“He makes complex art seem simple . . . A body of non-fiction work that is (unsurprisingly) beautiful and brilliant and provocative, and (surprisingly) revealing . . . It is this sight of the sacred in the ordinary that probably accounts for some part of why Winton's writing recedes from his imitators' reach.”

Malcolm Knox, Sydney Morning Herald

“That Winton’s nonfiction is as lyrical as his fiction goes without saying.”

The Guardian (Australia)

“A contemplative book . . . You also reach its end with a particular sense of how this particular man experiences life – metaphorically, philosophically. How he carries things; how he feels them . . . He acknowledges wonder. He acknowledges unknowns. He pays attention . . . A rich book.”

The Weekend Australian

“Both brutally honest and entertaining, The Boy Behind the Curtain is a powerful excavation of those charged moments that make up a life – joyous, traumatic and transformational. All the markers of Winton’s fiction are here: the dark realism, the unflinching eye, the humour and the connection with place . . . An inspirational read.”

readings.com.au

“The Boy Behind the Curtain roots you to the spot, forces you to ask questions – about yourself, about the way we live. Sinewy and lyrical by turns, Winton’s is an authentic Australian voice to trumpet to a world audience.”

Morag Fraser, Australian Book Review

“Tim Winton’s 28th book proves the much-loved Australian writer just gets better with age.”

Woman’s Day


Awards & Recognition

  • Fellowship of Australian Writers Awards

    Winner • 2016 • Excellence in Non Fiction Award

  • Australian Book Industry Awards

    Longlisted • 2017 • Biography Book of the Year

  • Indie Book Awards

    Longlisted • 2017 • Indie Book Awards

  • National Biography Award

    Shortlisted • 2018 • National Biography Award


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