Tim Winton

Tim Winton

Tim Winton has published twenty-one books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). Active in the environmental movement, he is the Patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. He lives in Western Australia.


The Bookshop Band: music inspired by books

The Bookshop Band: music inspired by books

We have a new obsession: The Bookshop Band. Not only do they play their songs in bookshops, but they're inspired by the books they've read. Ben Please, Beth Porter and Poppy Pitt formed the band in 2010, and the rest is history. Here are some of our favourites:

Mythical and monstrous: land and sea in Australian fiction

Mythical and monstrous: land and sea in Australian fiction

Following a recent visit to Brisbane and its many bookshops, I found myself becoming obsessed by Australian literature. In each novel, short story, or memoir that I read, there was something that fascinated me. Slowly, I realised just what had me so hooked. It was the way these writers used their landscapes and seascapes, the way they played as important a role in their works as the plots and characters. I wanted to figure out why. 

Tim Winton on the Picador podcast

Tim Winton on the Picador podcast

Tim Winton, whose latest novel Eyrie (pronounced 'airy') is out next week, talks to editor Sophie Jonathan about the book and his writing. He also reads from the book's opening – the best hangover scene since Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim.