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'A fragmented, hilarious, crude, mystical soap opera. In a rich Australian idiom, Winton lets his characters rip against an evocation of Perth so intense you can smell it' Sunday Telegraph Cloudstreet -- a broken-down house of former glories on the wrong side of the tracks, a place teeming with memories of its own, a place of shudders and shadows and spirits. From separate catastrophes, two families flee to the city and find themselves sharing this great sighing structure and beginning their lives again from scratch. Together they roister and rankle in a house that begins as a roof over their heads and becomes a home for their hearts. In this fresh, funny novel, full of wonder and dreams, Tim Winton weaves the threads of lifetimes, of twenty years of shouting and fighting, laughing and grafting, into a story about acceptance and belonging. 'Imagine Neighbours being taken over by the writing team of John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and you'll be close to the heart of Winton's impressive tale' Time Outshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 30mm | 358.34g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330322699
  • 9780330322690
  • 13,683

About Tim Winton

Tim Winton was born in Perth in 1960. His work includes novels, collections of stories, non-fiction and books for children. He has won the miles Franklin Award three times, and been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Riders (1995) and Dirt Music (2002).show more

Rating details

14,215 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 37% (5,203)
4 36% (5,116)
3 18% (2,568)
2 6% (906)
1 3% (422)

Our customer reviews

If you live in or love WA you will recognise so much in this book, and many others of Winton. He has a classic way with descriptions that I love. I spend a lot of the book saying to myself, I know where he's writing out. He ties many storylines together in a musical way. Love his more
by Erin Kingston
Brilliantly written. I brought this book because i'm watching the tv series and I have to say, as great as the series is, it doesn't do the book justice! The same day i recieved it, i sat up till midnight to finish it! Couldn't put it down! Will buy more Winton books in the future!!show more
by Miss K
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