Tim Winton is the author of twenty-eight books. His work is translated into twenty-eight languages and has been adapted for stage and screen. He has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for SHALLOWS, CLOUDSTREET, DIRT MUSIC, and BREATH) and has twice been short-listed for the Booker Prize (for THE RIDERS and DIRT MUSIC). Long active in the environmental movement in Australia, and patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society, he was listed as a National Living Treasure in 1997. He lives in Western Australia.
"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 Australia's unique landscape, and how that singular place 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--rock pools, sea caves, scrub, and swamp--was as vital as any other connection. Camping in hidden inlets, walking in high rocky desert, diving in reefs, bobbing in the sea between surfing 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. In Island Home, Winton brings this landscape--and its influence on the island nation's identity and art--vividly to life through personal accounts and environmental history.
Wise, rhapsodic, exalted--in language as unexpected and wild as the landscape it describes--Island Home is a brilliant, moving portrait of Australia from one of its finest writers.