'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 how this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing.
For over 30 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 of the southeast, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, diving at Ningaloo Reef, bobbing in the sea between 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.
Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are in ways we too often forget, to our detriment and the country's.
Wise, rhapsodic, exalted - Island Home is not just a brilliant, moving insight into the life and art of one of our finest writers but a compelling investigation into the way our country makes us who we are.
As an Australian living overseas (And terribly homesick) this book resonated very strongly. It should be compulsory reading for us all! The narration is perfect, too
As an Australian who has lived in Europe for the last five years, I found Winton's description of what it feels like to be an Australian (especially when overseas) to be spot on. This was a truly pleasurable read by one of our literary greats. I can't wait to give a copy to my girlfriend.
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narrator took some getting used to. amazing story, I'll have to actually read it one day
Thought provoking account of being Australian and living in this harsh and majestic place
If you enjoy Tim Winton's novels and his writing style this is worth listening too
Thank you Tim for your insights
Not so much of a story as an essay on how we inhabit the country
Excellently read by David Tredenick