Tim Winton to release a new book, Island Home, this year!

by |July 28, 2015

NEWS FLASH: Arguably Australia’s greatest living writer, Tim Winton, will have a new book out in just a few weeks!

Due to be released in September this year, Tim Winton’s Island Home explores the story of how his relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. 

ISLANDHOME9781926428471It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country’s.

‘I’m increasingly mindful of the degree to which geography, distance and weather have moulded my sensory palate, my imagination and expectations.

The island continent has not been mere background. Landscape has exerted a kind of force upon me that is every bit as geological as family…’
– Tim Winton

‘Tim Winton’s Island Home is a revelation – an insight into the life and work of one of our finest authors and an inspiration about how to live in and listen to this land.

It’s an answer to the question of what it means to be Australian, in which we learn a lot about its author’s views and practices, and even more about ourselves.’
Ben Ball, Publishing Director, Penguin General

‘I grew up on the world’s largest island.’

This apparently simple fact is the starting point for Tim Winton’s beautiful, evocative and sometimes provocative memoir of how this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing.

For over thirty years, Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. What is true of his work is also true of his life: from boyhood, his relationship with the world around him – rockpools, seacaves, scrub and swamp – was as vital as any other connection. Camping in hidden inlets of the south-east, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, diving at Ningaloo Reef, bobbing in the sea between sets, Winton has felt the place seep into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance, and learned to see landscape as a living process.

Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life.  It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country’s.

Click here to pre-order your copy of Tim Winton’s Island Home

Booktopia_FrontPageBanner__TimWinton_770x200_CGClick here to pre-order your copy of Tim Winton’s Island Home

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • Doreen blum

    July 28, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I have just pre ordered Tim Wintons new book Island Home and failed to put the colde Winter in in order to get it postage free. Can I still do this the order number is3296932
    Regards
    Doreen Blum

    • July 29, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Doreen, Booktopia’s customer service team will put through a refund on your card for postage 🙂

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