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‘This country leans in on you. Like family. To my way of thinking, it is family.’

The natural world, in Tim Winton’s novels, is as much a living presence as any character, and what is true of his work is true of his life. From boyhood, his relationship with sea, scrub and swamp has been as vital as blood relations. The country has seeped into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance.

This is the story of how that relationship came to be, and also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more so than any political idea, the physical entity of Australia defines us, in ways we too often forget. Wise, rhapsodic, exalted, Island Home is a beautiful, evocative, sometimes provocative, investigation of how the land makes us who we are.

Reviews

A cultural call to arms . . . Winton remains one of the finest place-painters in Australian literature

Jamie Hanson, The Guardian (Australia)

An exquisite book that functions as literary memoir, nature writing, and environmentalist’s creed

James McNamara, The Spectator (UK)

Winton embraces everything that is good, bad and ugly about this continent and his commitment is contagious

Herald Sun

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143574095

    May 15, 2017

    Penguin

    256 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • Hardback

    9781926428741

    September 23, 2015

    Hamish Hamilton Australia

    256 pages

    RRP $45.00

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    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
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  • EBook

    9781760142230

    September 23, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    256 pages

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    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
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    • Booktopia NZ
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Awards and Recognition

  • Colin Roderick Award
    2015
    Shortlisted
    Colin Roderick Award
  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2016
    Winner
    General Non-fiction Book of the Year
  • Fellowship of Australian Writers Awards
    2016
    Highly commended
    Excellence in Non-Fiction
  • Indie Award
    2016
    Longlisted
    Non-Fiction
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2016
    Shortlisted
    Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards
    2016
    Shortlisted
    Prime Minister's Literary Award
  • Queensland Literary Award
    2016
    Shortlisted
    The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award

Also by Tim Winton

Breath
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Blueback
The Turning
Cloudstreet
Eyrie
Dirt Music
The Shepherd's Hut
Shrine: A Play in One Act
Signs of Life: A Play In One Act
Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster
Lockie Leonard: Legend
The Riders
Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir
In the Winter Dark
Shallows
Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo
The Bugalugs Bum Thief: Aussie Bites
Scission
That Eye, The Sky
An Open Swimmer
Minimum of Two
Jesse

Recommendations

Boy
Of All That Ends
Logical Family
The Hurley Maker's Son
Living on Paper
Second Half First
What Days Are For
Liberation
The Necessary Aptitude
The Horseman's Word
What to Look for in Winter
Bodies In Motion and At Rest
A Moveable Feast
Mockingbird Songs
Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea
Hopscotch
The Outsider
The Life of Saul Bellow
Maori Boy
Levels of Life