Tim Winton has published twenty-five 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 with his wife and three children.
Winton's most recent novel is Eyrie, released October 2013.
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A transcript of an interview with Tim Winton on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Enough Rope hosted by Andrew Denton in which Tim discusses many aspects from his life including how he nearly drowned when he was nine and how he avoided the school bullies by telling taller and taller tales
Tim Winton is consistently voted Australia's most beloved novelist. In books
such as Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and his new collection of short
stories, The Turning, he's shown an exquisite feel for the language, the
smell, the very pulse of Australia. It's never easy to coax him away from the
shores of WA, the source of so much of his inspiration, and we're delighted to
have done so tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Winton.
Andrew Denton: And that's it. You can go now.
Tim: Oh, good. I'm out.
Andrew: Now, Tim, welcome.
Tim: Thanks, mate.
Andrew: You write so much about the sea in your books. And, you know, a lot of kids, when they're teenagers, they're into fast cars or getting off their face, but you were into the sea.
Andrew: What's down there?
Tim: Well, less than you think and more than you think. Do you know what I mean? When you're a teenager you feel overcome by all these problems...
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