Dirt Music

Shortlisted for the 2002 Booker Prize, this is a generous, raw, captivating novel about the possibility and power of love.

Tim Winton

‘Generous, earthy and raw . . . Mysteries don’t come more heartfelt than this’ Independent

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded with a fisherman she doesn’t love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace.

One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she looks up from the computer screen to see a shadow lurking on the beach below, and a dangerous new element enters her life. Luther Fox, the local poacher. Jinx. Outcast.

So begins an unlikely alliance. Set in the wild landscape of Western Australia, this is a novel about the odds of breaking with the past, a love story about people stifled by grief or regret, whose dreams are lost, whose hopes have dried up. It’s a journey across landscapes within and without, about the music that sometimes arises from the dust.

‘Winton keeps writing fiction that makes the novel feel alive to a continent of possibilities’ Evening Standard

‘Winton is not a great Australian novelist; he is a great novelist, full stop’ The Times

Genre: Fiction
Paperback : 480 pages
ISBN: 978033049026903
Published: 02/05/2008

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.

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