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Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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''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 this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing.

'For over thirty years, Winton has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. What is true of his work is also true of his life: from boyhood, his relationship with the world around him – rockpools, seacaves, scrub and swamp – was as vital as any other connection. Camping in hidden inlets of the south-east, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, diving at Ningaloo Reef, bobbing in the sea between sets, Winton has felt the place seep into him, with its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance, and learned to see landscape as a living process.

'Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be, and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet. Much more powerfully than a political idea, or an economy, Australia is a physical entity. Where we are defines who we are, in ways we too often forget to our detriment, and the country's.

'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 makes us who we are.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: for Hannah Rachel Bell
  • Epigraph:

    Turn home, the sun goes down; swimmer, turn home.

    –Judith Wright 'The Surfer'

    My island home is waiting for me

    –Neil Murray,

    'My Island Home'

  • Other formats: Also sound recording. 4 audio discs: 5 hrs 3 mins

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
      8440924082631401017.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 23/09/2015
      ISBN: 9781926428741

Works about this Work

Tim Winton Condemns Government Plans for 'a New Colonial Era of Publishing' Tim Winton , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 20 May 2016;
'... Australia has survived its colonial era. It's too cute to say we've left it behind completely, but in my lifetime we've striven to out-think and outgrow it. We've begun to sing and dance and play and write and, yes, to legislate our way past a colonial existence. And our arts community has been integral to this change of mindset. ...'
A New Colonial Era of Publishing Lies Ahead Tim Winton , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 May 2016; (p. 36)
Another Country : The Bush Is a Person, Wrapped in a Landscape Gabrielle Chan , 2016 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 46-55)
Tim Winton Tim Winton , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: #SaveOzStories 2016;

'I’m surprised and very pleased to have this little book acknowledged by the industry in this way. So, thank you.

'When I was writing this book I was never really sure what it was. Now that it’s safely behind me, I see that Island Home is a kind of love letter—to this place, its ecosystems and creatures, but also to its people. As I say somewhere in the book, this country leans in on you, it weighs down hard. Like family. Because it is family. And whether I like it or not, I’m caught up in its web, ensnared in all those family matters, organic and intangible, functional and dysfunctional, many of which make me shout at the telly and howl at the moon.' (Introduction)

Phillip Hall Reviews Island Home by Tim Winton Phillip Hall , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , August 2016;

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
Winton Will Always Call Australia His Island Home Amanda Ellis , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 3 October 2015; (p. 91)
Tim Winton Island under a Cloud Rick Feneley (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 September 2015; (p. 10) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 September 2015; (p. 4-5)
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 December 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
The Power of Place Tim Flannery , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 117 2015; (p. 56-57)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Bigger Fish to Fry Blanche Clark , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 October 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Wild Spaces : An Allusive Memoir of Place Brian Matthews , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 376 2015; (p. 11-12)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
'
Putting a Value on What Lies beneath Rebecca Giggs , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 October - 1 November 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
When a Writer Keeps Watch on the Beat of His Heartland Delia Falconer , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 24-25 October 2015; (p. 29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 October 2015; (p. 29)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Tim Winton's Island Home Isn't Memoir, It's a Cultural Call to Arms Jamie Hanson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 13 October 2015;

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Winton Salutes Our Island Home William Yeoman , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 22 September 2015; (p. 7)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Winton Salutes Our Island Home William Yeoman , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 22 September 2015; (p. 7)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Tim Winton's Island Home Isn't Memoir, It's a Cultural Call to Arms Jamie Hanson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 13 October 2015;

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
When a Writer Keeps Watch on the Beat of His Heartland Delia Falconer , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 24-25 October 2015; (p. 29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 October 2015; (p. 29)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Putting a Value on What Lies beneath Rebecca Giggs , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 October - 1 November 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Bigger Fish to Fry Blanche Clark , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 October 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
The Power of Place Tim Flannery , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 117 2015; (p. 56-57)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Wild Spaces : An Allusive Memoir of Place Brian Matthews , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 376 2015; (p. 11-12)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
'
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 December 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Phillip Hall Reviews Island Home by Tim Winton Phillip Hall , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain [Online] , August 2016;

— Review of Island Home : A Landscape Memoir Tim Winton 2015 single work autobiography
Tim Winton Island under a Cloud Rick Feneley (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 September 2015; (p. 10) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 September 2015; (p. 4-5)
Winton Will Always Call Australia His Island Home Amanda Ellis , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 3 October 2015; (p. 91)
Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
Another Country : The Bush Is a Person, Wrapped in a Landscape Gabrielle Chan , 2016 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 46-55)
A New Colonial Era of Publishing Lies Ahead Tim Winton , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 May 2016; (p. 36)
Tim Winton Condemns Government Plans for 'a New Colonial Era of Publishing' Tim Winton , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 20 May 2016;
'... Australia has survived its colonial era. It's too cute to say we've left it behind completely, but in my lifetime we've striven to out-think and outgrow it. We've begun to sing and dance and play and write and, yes, to legislate our way past a colonial existence. And our arts community has been integral to this change of mindset. ...'
Tim Winton Tim Winton , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: #SaveOzStories 2016;

'I’m surprised and very pleased to have this little book acknowledged by the industry in this way. So, thank you.

'When I was writing this book I was never really sure what it was. Now that it’s safely behind me, I see that Island Home is a kind of love letter—to this place, its ecosystems and creatures, but also to its people. As I say somewhere in the book, this country leans in on you, it weighs down hard. Like family. Because it is family. And whether I like it or not, I’m caught up in its web, ensnared in all those family matters, organic and intangible, functional and dysfunctional, many of which make me shout at the telly and howl at the moon.' (Introduction)

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