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.
Tim Winton will be in the UK in May for a series of events discussing his latest book, The Boy Behind The Curtain.
Brilliantly original cover designs, typography and finishes can all help to make a book jump out at you, and so we’ve compiled a small selection of some of our favourite and most unique covers from the past few months.
Illustrator Chris Wormell on how he created the beautiful images that bring the landscape of Tim Winton's Island Home to life.
Short stories are often adapted into films: Annie Proulx's story 'Brokeback Mountain' became the film with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal; there's Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's which is now more synonymous with Audrey Hepburn than the author; Christopher Nolan's film Memento started life as a short story by his brother Jonathan. But whereas all of these films are adapted from one story, The Turning, out later this month, is based on a whole collection – seventeen stories in total.
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:
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.
Back in May, Tim Winton spoke to fellow author William Fiennes about his writing, including his latest novel Eyrie. It's a wonderful conversation to listen in on...
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.
There’s much excitement at Picador and beyond about the mini-series of CLOUDSTREET being screened on Sky Atlantic, starting this Saturday 7th January and running to Saturday 11th February.