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The Riders, the novel that brought Tim Winton his first Booker Prize shortlisting, charts an odyssey across Europe, a transfixing journey through the underworld of every lover's nightmare.

The Riders, the novel that brought Tim Winton his first Booker Prize shortlisting, charts an odyssey across Europe, a transfixing journey through the underworld of every lover's nightmare.

Fred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport, anxious to see his wife and daughter. After two years in Europe they are finally settling down. He sees a new life before them, a stable outlook again, a fresh start, a cottage in the Irish countryside that he's renovated by hand. He's waited, sweated on this reunion. He does not like to be alone – he's that kind of man.

The flight lands, the doors at the airport hiss open . . . Scully's life falls apart.

Written with the pace of a thriller and the human understanding of a master novelist, The Riders is the novel that brought Tim Winton to international attention.


'At its breaking heart is a fearless exploration of how well we can ever really know each other . . . Winton is not a great Australian novelist; he is a great novelist full stop.' The Times (London) 'Winton has forced a different kind of thinking about men and their imperatives, about the value and meaning of action . . . The Riders is a grand, poised, metaphorical reconciliation.' Sydney Morning Herald 'There is more feeling in this book than can ever be paraphrased.' Village Voice

'The Riders is about the painful process of learning to live without illusions, without false anticipation . . . Furious and vital . . . a celebration - of the messiness of life and of the force of good fiction.' The Guardian

'Vivid and rewarding . . . Encompasses and transcends all the known world.' Thomas Keneally

'The curse of this haunting book is that you read it too fast.' The New Yorker 'If you're looking for a book that bolts you to your seat, this is it.' Sunday Age

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143568803

    January 2, 2013

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    400 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742538471

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

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Also by Tim Winton

The Boy Behind the Curtain
Island Home
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
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

Recommendations

Crimes of the Father
Into the Water
Best Laid Plans
Night School
The Woolgrower's Companion
The Traitor’s Girl
After You
Lake Hill
The Light Between Oceans
Congo Dawn
The Handmaid's Tale
Anything Is Possible
Dunstan
Outlander
Men Without Women
The Good Mother
The French Perfumer
The Mistress
The Course Of Love
Seven Types of Ambiguity