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Each of the overlapping stories in Tim Winton's The Turning centres on a transformation; together they form the bestselling Australian collection of the last three decades.

Tim Winton's characters are people we're familiar with – their struggles and small triumphs are our own. Here they change in ways that are sometimes vast, sometimes indistinct, but every story illuminates things we take for granted. Even as some of these lives turn from expansive hope to defeated middle-age, there's a sense of greater possibility, fuelled by the great turning of time itself.

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'The writing is frankly brilliant . . . Winton shows us how startling ordinary life is. And he does it in a way that's more amazing than if he had shown a ghost shimmering on the page.' Boston Globe

'Each of these seventeen stories is a self-contained whole . . . yet the sequence reveals striking connections among seemingly disparate lives and experiences. The result is at times mysterious, moving and occasionally deeply unsettling.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Winton is a poet of baffled souls . . . To read him is to be reminded not just of the possibilities of fiction but of the human heart.' The Times

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143568834

    October 1, 2014

    Penguin

    336 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781742538518

    September 21, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    336 pages

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Also by Tim Winton

Breath
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Cloudstreet
Eyrie
Island Home
Dirt Music
Blueback
The Shepherd's Hut
Shrine: A Play in One Act
Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster
Lockie Leonard: Legend
Signs of Life: A Play In One Act
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
Scission
That Eye, The Sky
An Open Swimmer
Minimum of Two
Jesse

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
Best Laid Plans
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Golden Age
The Golden House
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
The Mistress
The Girls
Tiger Men
Fifty Shades Darker
The Secret Vineyard
Ready Player One