The Boy Behind the Curtain

The Boy Behind the Curtain : Notes From an Australian Life

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The Boy Behind the Curtain is a portrait of a life, a place and a man.

In this deeply personal collection of true stories and essays Tim Winton shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and - most pressingly - how all his experiences have made him a writer.

From unexpected links between car crashes and faith, surfing and writing, to the story of his upbringing in the changing Australian landscape, The Boy Behind the Curtain is an impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing collection of memories, and Winton's most personal book to date.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 142 x 223 x 28mm | 453g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509816941
  • 9781509816941
  • 33,233

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A masterclass in turning appalling incidents into meditations on mortality, fatherhood and responsibility -- Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent The bard of the beach-front * Economist * 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 * 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 * 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, Best Books of 2017
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About Tim Winton

Tim Winton has published over twenty books for adults and children and his work has been translated into many different languages. He has won the Miles Franklin Award four times and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.
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