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An Australian classic.

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Tim Winton has published 20 books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into 25 languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A passionate environmentalist, he currently lives on the Western Australian coast with his wife and three children. Suzi is an established Australian actress. She is a founding member of the Bell Shakespeare Company and has worked with leading Australian theatre companies such as the Sydney Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company. Suzi's TV credits include Home and Away and The Kettering Incident on Foxtel's SoHo in Australia and BBC Worldwide internationally. Her film credits include The Loved Ones, Queen of The Damned and Love and Other Catastrophes. Suzi has recorded many audiobooks for Bolinda including Tim Winton's Dirt Music and the award-winning Tomorrow series by John Marsden.

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Booker Prize nominee Winton crafts the story of a wife, unsure of her role after marrying a rich widower, who launches a passionate affair with the local poacher. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

The stunning new narrative by Australian writer Winton (The Riders, nominated for the Booker), a tale of three characters' perilous journey into the Australian wilderness in efforts to escape and atone for their pasts, may just be his breakthrough American publication. At 40, Georgie Jutland, former nurse, inveterate risk-taker, incipient alcoholic and lifelong rebel against her prominent family, has moved in with widowed lobster fisherman Jim Buckridge, "the uncrowned prince" of the western seaside community of White Point. Although Georgie devotes herself to Jim's two young sons, their relationship is uneasy and somehow empty. When she's drawn to shamateur (fish poacher) Luther Fox, who breaks the law to keep his mind from tragic memories, the lives of all three begin to unravel. Lu, the lone survivor of a disreputable family of musicians who specialized in dirt music (country blues), is a memorable character, vulnerable and appealing despite his many flaws. When the White Point community resorts to violence against him, he heads into the tropic wilderness of Australia's northern coast, and the plot begins to challenge CBS's Survivor. With masterly economy and control, Winton unfurls a story of secrets, regrets and new beginnings. His prose, sprinkled with regional vernacular, combines cool dispassion and lyric concision. Geography and landscape are palpable elements: as the narrative progresses, the atmosphere shifts from the austere monotony of a seacoast battered by wind into spectacular gorge country, the bare desolation of the desert and the terrible heat of the tropics. But it's each character's inner landscape that Winton authoritatively traverses with his unerring map of the heart. 7-city author tour. (May 15) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

The anticipation of waiting seven years to slip again into the trance of Winton's wonderland assures a loyal readership for Dirt Music, which is more like The Riders than his earlier work. Georgie Jutland is only pretending to live life in a fishing village when the mysterious Luther Fox falls fatalistically into her path. Luther's past is gut-wrenchingly tragic, while Georgie's is full of bad decisions, and Georgie's partner, town hero and fishing king Jim Buckridge, is grappling with his own demons. We see the three of them struggle with their grief and love against the harsh backdrop of the West Australian coast. Once again, landscape plays a big role in Winton's work and, as always, he brings it alive: taste the dust, feel your skin sting in the searing heat. Beyond mere description, the land and the ocean become living, breathing creatures - each detail observed, from the bark on the trees to the ants on the ground - that nurture or torment the people upon them. Winton's skill with language, his casual way of slipping in unusual words, and painting memorable images, while keeping it so simple, clean and meaningful, is again evident. But, despite the language, Dirt Music is not all enchantment - its trauma and pain linger. Winton's characters are real, flawed by the intricacies of human nature, and just as with the earth, that rawness is exposed. Tim Winton is something very special; a national literary treasure. Joanne Shiells is the assistant editor of AB&P. C. 2001 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

"Mr Winton's prose is irresistible." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Winton is not a great Australian novelist; he is a great novelist, full stop." -- The Times
"A terrific novel. Winton's best yet." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Winton keeps writing fiction that makes the novel feel alive to a continent of possibilities." -- Evening Standard
"Literary fiction from a highly respected Australian novelist. Shortlisted for the 2002 Booker Prize. A novel of lives stifled by grief and regret, set in the wild landscape of Western Australia. Written in seemingly effortless prose that never puts a foot wrong." -- The Sunday Times
"Georgie Jutland, a risk-taker who drinks too much, is almost happy living with widowed lobsterman Jim Buckridge. Then she meets Luther Fox, a former musician who makes his living as an illegal fisherman. When Luther runs to Australia's tropical wilderness to escape trouble, Georgie follows. What then takes place is an unusual love story by one of Australia's most distinguished novelists. Suzi Dougherty offers a nice range of Australian voices, which help color the characters' words. Her relaxed "cocktail-time" style perfectly suits the moody story. Well done." -- AudioFile Magazine
"As a reader, what I love about Winton's books are his characters. Flawed, complex, and very human, they make the story for me in all of his books. Listening to an audio version of Dirt Music, I found myself focusing on the dialogue, which is plain and circumspect. As a result, it took a lot longer for me to engage with the book when listening than it ever has when reading. In the end, however, the audio version was incredibly powerful. When you're riding on a suburban train on a dark Melbourne autumn night, the evocation of Winton's hot, dry, windy Western Australia-as told through Suzi Dougherty's incredible narration-is so powerful. I found myself slitting my eyes against the sun in the middle of the night and waiting until the last possible minute to switch the iPod off and stop the book, just so I could snatch an extra few seconds of the story. Twelve hours seemed a huge time commitment in the beginning, but once I engaged with the narrative, the book just flew. Dougherty's Georgie Jutland is perfectly voiced and her narration captures the other, very Australian, characters beautifully. Dirt Music would make a fantastic accompaniment to a driving holiday. 4 stars." -- Australian Bookseller+Publisher

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