All four books have been published in the last five years. Each chronicles the lives of people making do within a society they have inherited. Each book is despairing of the turn the western world has taken. Each searches for some sign that all is not lost.
Eyrie takes things one step further. All is lost in Tim Winton’s book. There is no hope whatsoever.
The backdrop to Winton’s despair is the West Australian government’s acquiescence to the needs of mining companies. His protagonist Tom Keely, a onetime prominent local environmentalist, is a defeated man.
The tide of his life is out and all is exposed to the unforgiving sun. But it is at this moment someone from the forgotten past enters his life. She is all life has to offer him now. There are no easy choices. The route back to life promises to be unforgiving and without reward.
Can Tom Keely pull himself together one last time?
The lesson here is, if there is a lesson, “ashes or diamonds, foe or friend, we’re all equal in the end”.