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The Boy Behind the Curtain


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Following on from his gorgeous memoirs Land's Edge and Island Home, The Boy Behind the Curtain tells more remarkable true stories from Tim Winton: it is his most personal book to date.

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Tim Winton has published twenty-six books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight 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). He lives in Western Australia.


Eclectic and impassioned, it is a collection that affirms the power of the written word and Winton's mastery of it * Observer *

One of Australia's best-loved novelists. Melancholy but humorous, lyrical but boisterous . . . will delight even
those unfamiliar with his fiction

* Daily Telegraph *
One of the greatest writers ever to emerge from Down Under . . . this is a real memoir - a book that grabs you by the scruff and forces you to take a good, hard look into the author's soul. Compelling, unflinching and true, it's surely the definitive statement on Winton the man * Scotsman *
The bard of the beach-front * Economist *
I love Tim Winton's writing, and this treasure trove of autobiographical stories and essays is packed with enthralling insights into his life and work * Bookseller (Editor's Choice) *
Tim Winton is a favourite novelist of mine. Always has been. So to read The Boy Behind the Curtain, his collection of autobiographical stories and essays, was a total joy. Here are the influences that shaped Cloudstreet, Breath, The Riders, et al. In one essay, he writes about the gut-churning process and despair of fiction writing. I felt sick. Wonderful. -- Sarah Winman * Guardian *

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