Island Home

Island Home

Tim Winton / Sep 23, 2019

Island Home 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 Australia s unique landscape has

  • Title: Island Home
  • Author: Tim Winton
  • ISBN: 9781926428741
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Australia s unique landscape has shaped him and his writing 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 compel 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 Australia s unique landscape has shaped him and his writing 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 shapes us.

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    About "Tim Winton"

      • Tim Winton

        Tim Winton was born in Perth, Western Australia, but moved at a young age to the small country town of Albany.While a student at Curtin University of Technology, Winton wrote his first novel, An Open Swimmer It went on to win The Australian Vogel Literary Award in 1981, and launched his writing career In fact, he wrote the best part of three books while at university His second book, Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984 It wasn t until Cloudstreet was published in 1991, however, that his career and economic future were cemented.In 1995 Winton s novel, The Riders, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as was his 2002 book, Dirt Music Both are currently being adapted for film He has won many other prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award three times for Shallows 1984 , Cloudstreet 1992 and Dirt Music 2002 Cloudstreet is arguably his best known work, regularly appearing in lists of Australia s best loved novels His latest novel, released in 2013, is called Eyrie.He is now one of Australia s most esteemed novelists, writing for both adults and children All his books are still in print and have been published in eighteen different languages His work has also been successfully adapted for stage, screen and radio On the publication of his novel, Dirt Music, he collaborated with broadcaster, Lucky Oceans, to produce a compilation CD, Dirt Music Music for a Novel.He has lived in Italy, France, Ireland and Greece but currently lives in Western Australia with his wife and three children.


    1. 5★ “I grew up on the world’s largest island. . . someone like me, who should know better, can forget he’s an islander. Australia the place is constantly overshadowed by Australia the national idea, the economic enterprise.”Rightly acclaimed Aussie author Tim Winton’s celebration of life on the island continent should be required reading for those so immersed in counting the metaphorical trees of the economic enterprise that they miss the glorious forest of its unique, ancient landsca [...]

    2. Island Home is like no other memoir I have ever read before. Aussie author Tim Winton’s passion and love for this vast country of ours is absolute – his writing is masterful and evocative, insightful and powerful, and totally beautiful. From the author’s opening sentence - 'I grew up on the world’s largest island’ – to the very last page, his words instil in us again and again, the beauty of this rugged country and how proud we are to call ourselves Australian. Thoroughly enjoyable a [...]

    3. I’ve been in love/obsessed with Tim Winton’s writing since 2004, when a work colleague lent me Cloudstreet. Truth be told, there aren’t that many prestigious writers, artists or scientists who came from Western Australia. While it’s the biggest state in Australia, it’s what I would call a mainly blue-collar state, where mining, agriculture and other primary industries prevail. It’s conservative and a bit backwards. I say this with love. Anyway, Tim Winton is a Western Australian trea [...]

    4. "The land remains a tantalizing and watchful presence over our shoulder. We've imbibed it unwittingly: it's in our bones like a sacramental ache."I really enjoyed this exploration of how landscape effects us. Tim Winton's island home is the often overlooked area of Western Australia. He looks at the history of the area in vignettes from his own life, and his writing transports the reader to an unusual place of decreasing wildness."There are no wastelands in our landscape quite like those we've c [...]

    5. No one writes more evocatively about childhood and the Australian experience than Tim Winton. I find it hard to be objective about his work, because I am the same age as him and grew up in similar places and circumstances and so almost every page that he writes validates (or challenges) my own memories and experience. This makes reading his work and constant dialogue between author and reader, often excited and grateful, occasionally tetchy.While I admire Winton’s novels, I find that the thing [...]

    6. I am flabbergasted by Tim Winton's skill. I'm pretty much always in awe of his writing, and I can't help but marvel over the fact that I am so consistently shell-shocked by the uncanny sense of PRESENCE that exudes from it. "Place" has always been a major character in Winton's body of work, and in Island Home, a book all about "place", we really see it shine. In my view, this is a must read for all fans of Winton, but mostly this a book for fans of place, and (perhaps more specifically) of Austr [...]

    7. As Tim Winton said, 'I grew up on the world's largest island.' This ‘island’, Australia, or continent as most people think of it, has had humans living there for thousands of years. These original people had over these millennia to come to an incredibly in-depth understanding of their landscape and how to tread lightly on it. It was a similar relationship to his locality that inspired Tim Winton as a child. Growing up in Karrinyup amongst the coastal landscape of beaches, rock pools and swam [...]

    8. A landscape memoir, fulled with such beautiful language and wonderful descriptions of Australia that give you a sense of place and time. Makes me want to go out into nature and just sit and look and listen.This is the first I read of Winton and I'm thrilled to know the author has written over 20 novels I can look forward to.Small bits from the memoir I thought were wonderful, hard to choose though the whole thing was fabulous.From the arid"There's no suggestion of water anywhere and yet everythi [...]

    9. This book, which is made up of 10 essays, some of which have been published elsewhere (“The Island Seen and Felt” was first given as a talk at London’s Royal Academy in 2013, for instance), highlights Winton’s relationship to the land but also gives us a potted history of the environmental movement in Australia. Each essay, which is at all times deeply personal and full of vivid imagery, is is prefaced by a diary-like back story to explain how what follows came to be.To read my review in [...]

    10. I started this as an audio booky my second audio experience and I really wasn't enjoying it. I felt that in listening to this I missed a lot of the nuances, lyrical language and wonderful descriptions that are so much a part of Winton's writing. I ended up finishing it as a physical book and going back and rereading some chapters that I felt I missed parts of in the listening. I'm so glad I did because the writing as always with Winton and his description of time and place was exquisite. I was a [...]

    11. A collection of essays about Winton's various experiences of different parts and aspects of Australia, mostly in his state of Western Australia. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure how well it would "translate" to non-Australians because his use of the vernacular. His passion comes through very clearly, and as I share his love for the harsh beauty of Australia, and his anger at the destruction being wrought through mining and other industry.

    12. 2.5 starsThe cons way out the goods.I did enjoy parts of this book because it was written about Australia, my country. The way Winton describes nature is overpowering and raw. Australia is truly beautiful and I believe this book describes the landscapes of country in a unique and exotic way. Although, most of the book is focused on Western Australia and its dry lands. WA has a very different climate, ecological system and lifestyle compared to other parts of Australia. I did not like the way Win [...]

    13. Island Home – implies many things, but for Winton, it does imply isolation. His experiences as a young writer trying to make his way are ugly - his descriptions of the disparaging comments from Eastern Stater editors and commentators wearing 15 shades of black is hilarious. But he is right. It is easy to forget that Western Australia was very isolated from the rest of southern Australia and treated as an outpost equal to Papua New Guinea or Darwin. Prior to the early 1960s, the two modes of tr [...]

    14. Just finished! How powerful is Tim Winton as writer! He really stirs your conscience about your place, your history and the future. Can't wait for others to read and begin conversations.

    15. Winton's memoir reads like a memoir of the continent. It's soaring, evocative, yet honest and brutal too. He challenges and chides Australians about our patchy performance on the environment, Indigenous peoples, and the military, but rewards us by showing the culture and heritage that is ours alone. A must read for all Australians, and all those that want to know us better.

    16. Tim Winton is always a master of words, and he sums up in this 'memoir' what it means to be an Australian, and how we feel about the land we live in. There are some startlingly beautiful passages in here, especially the segment on being outback and how terrifying the sky can seem at night when there is nothing between you and the stars.

    17. He's a living national treasure. In his fiction Tim Winton takes the pulse of what has and does make us tick as Australians, particularly those of us who grew up on our nation's great littoral and away from the mega-cities. He connects us to the sea – and to where the bush or desert meets the sea. His books, like the television series such as the iconic 'SeaChange' and these days '800 Words', despite the latter being set in NZ, help nurture the urge to make our own lives more elemental, less d [...]

    18. Mit der Bewertung hatte ich so meine Probleme. Ich glaube als Fazit kann man sagen, dass dieses Buch für wahre Australien Fans ist. Oder für Australier selbst, die in diesem Land leben. Am besten noch im Westen Australiens.Denn der Autor, der wohl einer der bekanntesten des Landes ist, beschreibt sehr viele Situationen undauch Probleme das Landes auf sehr ausführliche Art und Weise. Manchmal war es mir zu langatmig, manchmal zu hochgestochen. Der Schreibstil mag poetisch sein, aber hin und wi [...]

    19. One of the casualties of living as a non-indigenous Australian under a government which tortures refugees, in a land which was stolen without treaty, is a confusion over how to process a love of Country, without implying a nationalist pride, or denying the complex realities over land ownership. Winton's book is a revelation because it starts at the outset by laying claim to Australianess - an identity shaped and molded by this large, flat, single-tectonic-plate Island continent.I have long since [...]

    20. The thing, or one of the things, about Tim Winton, is his voice. This memoir is one which covers lots of the landscape of the giant island, and that is what he feels Australia is about. That landscape has informed the culture, the attitudes and the inherent nature of the people, both indigenous and imported. This book gets better and better as it rolls along. I love it that he gets political, I totally agree with his stand on ANZAC and I'm sure that his views will upset some people, but for me h [...]

    21. I read something similar some years ago, try as I may I can't recall the author however the book was in the homestead library and TWs work made me remember it. TWs landscape memoir resembles a mosaic that dips between adult and childhood memories and then flings us into the world of the activist although he couches this latter interest among the mastery of the written word ensuring that though he may lose some readers in parts, the majority will finish the ride. Like a mosaic the pieces are flaw [...]

    22. This man articulates so beautifully what I feel as an Australian but don't really understand. If we all listened and lived by the principles that guide Winton, and the indigenous elders that he respects so much, we would have have so much more to give to our future generations. What an important snapshot of a great Australian man.

    23. I lingered over this book, loving so many of the evocative aspects, and the way Tim Winton's descriptions opened my eyes (yet again) to a different way of seeing and understanding. Feeling compelled to visit this part of the country at some stage. My only criticism is it dragged a little (but to be fair, it could be this time of the year - a tired time, and sometimes my mind does wander!)'Living in Europe in the 1980s I made the mistake of assuming that what separated me from citizens of the Old [...]

    24. 3.5 stars. A really unique look at the natural world of Australia and the evolving relationship of the country's people to the land. Even though it's about one continent, the book acted as a call to protect the land by feeling more connected with and to it, and to respect the knowledge, ways of thinking, and history of the continent's indigenous people. I've never read the author's fiction but imagine it's pretty great on the basis of how vividly he paints with words. His story of catching a raz [...]

    25. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I had to read this as part of my uni topic 21st Century Literature. I have not read many (if any) memoirs before. I do not know if I will read more but I like Tim Winton's writing style (side note: I did not realise that he was the author of Lockie Leonard! I loved that series - I should reread it soon). It was interesting reading about how Tim Winton has interacted with nature all throughout his life, as he believes that, along with family, the w [...]

    26. I originally started this book listening on audio (Not something I usually do). I had to stop though as this is a book that needs to be read! Tim Winton always writes with a sense of 'place'. This landscape memoir definitely delivers, with the perfect title 'Island Home'. Although this is a memoir of Winton's recollections and anecdotes of Australian life, any Australian could identify with some compontent of this book. Winton's use of language is mesmerising, metifilous as it unveils his pictur [...]

    27. Honestly it was far too heavy for someone like me (a teenager). Yes it's very descriptive and it is an landscape memoir but it's just not something I'd be interested in, yet. I may like it more in the future when I've matured more. The main point why i read this book was because i had to due to my english literature class doing a study on it.

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