Congratulations to Tim Winton who last night picked up the Miles Franklin Award for the fourth time for his novel Breath.
“I’m stoked, of course, but also mindful that there are terrific writers who will be feeling pretty stiff tonight, because their books are more than good enough to have won,” said Winton.
“To some extent I feel like the kid who’s simply left holding the parcel when the music stops.”
As far as the award judges were concerned, Breath is “a searing document about masculinity, about risk, and about young people’s desire to push the limits. Winton is at the height of his powers as a novelist, and this is his greatest love letter yet to the sea, to the coast of West Australia, and a compelling testimony to the role of surfing in Australian culture.
“Written in Winton’s own distinctive voice, we can sense that it is also a homage to some of his favourite writers: Salinger, Faulkner, Melville and Hemingway.”
If you haven’t already read it, you are in for a real treat. You can browse for Breath here. We’ve got both the hardback and the paperback in stock and marked down. There is also a full CD version.
In the meantime, the Breath microsite is packed full of goodies – readings, interviews, a very evocative booktrailer. Have a look.