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    Tim Winton(Author) Samuel Johnson(Narrator)

‘Tim Winton is the real thing: a writer who can photograph a thought and pluck out the beat of a soul on a washing line’ Scotland on Sunday

In this, Tim Winton’s first collection of short stories, the world he paints is often harsh and disturbing, inhabited by isolated, unforgiving characters. It is a world at once familiar, filled with the trappings of home and family, and yet also strangely twisted; a world where casual brutality and unexpected death are never far from the surface. Evident in a young girl’s violent temper once the eggs she has so jealously guarded finally hatch, or in the careless indifference of the woman stepping over a soldier’s spreadeagled body, Tim Winton’s world is a place where dysfunction and disorder constantly threaten the equilibrium. But there is compassion and beauty there too – whether it’s in the brush of a father’s hand against his young son’s cheek, or the neighbours who wait patiently to celebrate the arrival of a new baby.

‘Winton is boisterous and lyrical by turns; his sense of sentiment is unerringly accurate, his characters unforgettable. The emotional control exercised over his anarchic world puts Winton in the top drawer of Australian fiction’ Daily Telegraph

‘Winton’s compassionate and humorous writing is nothing short of magnificent. If you can imagine Neighbours taken over by the writing team of John Steinbeck and Gabriel García Márquez, you’re close’ Time Out

An extraordinary collection of tales about breaking hearts and jagged lives, from a master of the short story. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Xenophon Balaskas on 29 March 2015

    Why did no one ever tell me how good Tim Winton is? I was dimly aware of him, having bought "Dirt Music" (2001), but I had put it to one side and forgotten about it until I happened to see the excellent Australian television serialisation of "Cloudstreet" (1991) on Sky Atlantic. I read the novel soon afterwards and can only use superlatives to acclaim its greatness. It has been voted Australia's favourite novel- a marvellous achievement for a literary novel.So far I have read all those works that have been published by Picador in the Uk, except for the collection of short stories "Minimum of Two" (1987),),but I shall soon put that right as it was delivered today (28/03/2015).Tim Winton, who hails from Western Australia, was quick to be published and his collection of short stories "Scission" was published in 1985 when he was only twenty five. (His first novel was published when he was a mere twenty one years of age.) Yet there is nothing at all juvenile or immature about his writing. It ranges from the muscularly realistic to succinct eloquence. In all of his stories there is a deep-rooted understanding of people in difficult situations which never descends into sentimentality. There is a knowingness about hardship and often poverty but there is also more than a sense of the potential for life to be on occasions transcendent.That fine Australian novelist Richard Flanagan said recently that Peter Carey must be Australia's finest living novelist. Really? There are times when I think he is good enough to be compared with Tim Winton!Read him! He won't disappoint you. I promise.

  • By M Cawson on 18 June 2011

    I like short stories and I love Tim Winton. This was going to be a real treat. A short holiday in San Francisco and something to read on the plane and in transit. The stories are suberbly written and they each capture some dark or brooding sense of the past affecting the way people manage their lives. All very different but with a common theme of somewhat broken lives. I'm quite happy with a book leaving you speculating about the future or some unexplained motivations, etc. but these stories share a common characteristic; they end prematurely and you feel deeply let down. Maybe that's deliberate but I found them disappointing.

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