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Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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The Turning comprises seventeen overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia. Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves.

These elegiac stories examine the darkness and frailty of ordinary people and celebrate the moments when the light shines through.

Adaptations

form y The Turning Tim Winton , Australia : Arenamedia Pty Ltd , 2013 Z1912300 2013 selected work film/TV

'Seventeen extraordinary Australian directors respond to the hauntingly beautiful collection of short stories by Tim Winton. Spanning almost 30 years, these stories provide windows into the lives of men and women in the small coastal town of Angelus. Linking and overlapping, the stories create a stunning and disturbing portrait of a small coastal community in Western Australia. As befits the title of the film, the stories are preoccupied with the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people's lives. Relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever.'

Source: Screen Australia

Notes

  • Dedication: for Ken Kelso
  • Epigraph: And I pray that I may forget
    These matters that with myself I too much discuss
    Too much explain
    Because I do not hope to turn again
    Let these words answer
    For what is done, not to be done again
    (T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday)
  • Included on the Notable Books list for the 2006 Kiriyama Prize.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2004 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Big World, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story
'Hitting the road in a Kombi that's like a garden shed on wheels.' (Journeys, p.33)
(p. 1-15)
Abbreviation, Tim Winton , 2003-2004 single work short story (p. 17-36)
Aquifer, Tim Winton , 2001 single work short story (p. 37-53)
Damaged Goods, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 55-65)
Small Mercies, Tim Winton , 2003 single work short story (p. 67-99)
On Her Knees, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 101-112)
Cockleshell, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 113-132)
The Turning, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 133-161)
Sand, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 163-169)
Family, Tim Winton , 1997 single work short story (p. 171-187)
Long, Clear View, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 189-204)
Reunion, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story humour (p. 205-215)
Commission, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 217-233)
Fog, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 235-249)
Boner McPharlin's Moll, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 251-292)
Immunity, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 293-298)
Defender, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 299-317)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2004 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 0330421387, 0330421395 (deckle edged ed.)
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2004 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      Reprinted: 2005 , 2006
      ISBN: 0330422081
    • Toronto, Ontario,
      c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      HarperCollins , 2005 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 9780002007153
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Charles Scribner's Sons , 2005 .
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      Alternative title: The Turning: New Stories
      Extent: 321p.
      ISBN: 0743276930
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador , 2006 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 9780330441353
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Bolinda , 2006 .
      Extent: 343p.
      Edition info: Large print.
      ISBN: 1740938100
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 336p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 October 2014
      ISBN: 9780143568834
Alternative title: Angelus
Language: French
    • Paris,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Rivages , 2006 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 324p.
      ISBN: 274361580X

Works about this Work

Sarah Armstrong : Books That Changed Me 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 9 September 2016;
'Sarah Armstrong has been a journalist and producer for ABC radio and Foreign Correspondent on ABC TV. Her first novel, Salt Rain, was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Award. Her third novel, Promise (Macmillan), is about a woman who runs away with her neighbour's son after she suspects he is being abused. She lives in northern NSW with her husband, the writer Alan Close. ...'
The Cycle of Love and Loss : Melancholic Masculinity in The Turning Bridget Grogan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 199-220)

Briget Grogan examines the complexities in Tim Winton's interrelated and thematically interwoven short story collection The Turning.

Water Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 16-48)

'In Dirt Music, remembering the time before a car crash took the lives of his brother Darkie, Darkie's wife Sal, and their two children, Bird and Bullet, Luther Fox recalls Bird's question : 'Lu, how come water lets you through it?' Bird is the one who saw God, and 'if anyone saw God it would likely be her. Bird's the nearest thing to an angelic being.' Bird's question suggests the function of water in Winton's novels. Water is everywhere in his writing, as people sail on it, dive into it, live on the edge of it. Clearly the sea and the river are vital aspects of the writer's own experience. But water is more than an omnipresent feature of his writing and his life, the oceanscape of his stories. It is something that 'lets you through'. It lets you through because it is the passage to a different state of being, sometimes in dream, sometimes in physical extremity, but always offers itself as the medium of transformation. When it lets you through - whether to escape to a different life, as a rite of passage to adulthood, to see the world in a new way or to discover the holiness of the earth or the wonder of the world, whether it is the baptismal water of redemption to an opening to a world of silence - and it is all these things- you become different.' (Author's introduction 16)

‘. . . An Asian Dummy with an Aussie Voice’ : Ventriloquism and Authenticity in Nam Le’s The Boat and Tim Winton’s The Turning Lachlan Brown , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'This paper presents a number of key similarities between Nam Le’s story ‘Halflead Bay’ in The Boat and Tim Winton’s 2004 collection of short stories The Turning. Indeed the scale and type of these similarities indicates more than a subconscious attempt at creating what could be considered a quintessentially regional Australian voice. There seems to be mimicry, counterfeit or the call of the lyrebird at play in this story. Picking up Ken Gelder’s ideas of citation and ventriloquism from his 2010 discussion of proximate reading, alongside Connor's discussion of ventriloquism in Dumdstruck, this paper considers the implications of Le’s attempts to ‘out-Winton’ Winton in ‘Halflead Bay.’ Of particular relevance here is Le’s own exploration of ventriloquism and accents in his Wheeler Centre presentation ‘Voices from Elsewhere’, as well the attention he pays to accents, location and problematic authenticity in The Boat’s opening story.' (Publication abstract)

Get Shorty Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-mail , 29 November 2014; (p. 10)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas 2014 selected work short story ; Australia's Best Unknown Stories : And Tales You Thought You Knew Jim Haynes 2014 anthology short story ; Springtime : A Ghost Story Michelle De Kretser 2014 single work novel
'Short stories have a long life ahead of them...'
Get Shorty Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-mail , 29 November 2014; (p. 10)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas 2014 selected work short story ; Australia's Best Unknown Stories : And Tales You Thought You Knew Jim Haynes 2014 anthology short story ; Springtime : A Ghost Story Michelle De Kretser 2014 single work novel
'Short stories have a long life ahead of them...'
In the Same Boat Emmett Stinson , 2013- single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2013;
'Discussions of the cultural cringe are now conducted in the past tense. Cringe-thinking, or so the contemporary narrative goes, can no longer function in a globalised, cosmopolitan, multicultural Australia where local literature circulates in an international milieu. This new literary internationalism is perhaps best exemplified by the designation of Melbourne as an UNESCO City of Literature in the 2008 and the subsequent founding of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, but evidence of Australian cultural bodies' increasing collaboration with foreign organisations can be found everywhere: the establishment of the 2012 conference NonfictioNow, which was a joint initiative of RMIT and the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop; the 2010 creation of if:book Australia, a collaborative venture between the Queensland Writers Centre and the international Institute for the Future of the Book; the 2012 recognition of Clunes as one of sixteen members of the International Organisation of Booktowns; Allen & Unwin's 2010 launch of an Australian version of the Faber Academy, which offers creative writing classes; and the recent announcement of a Melbourne chapter of Alain de Botton's School of Life, which will host literary events, offer 'bibliotherapy', and contain a bookshop run by local seller Readings.' (Author's introduction)
Film : To Turn Again Rebecca Harkins-Cross , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , September no. 19 2013; (p. 58)
Boundary Trouble : Trauma Fiction and Postcolonialism in Tim Winton's The Turning Victoria Kuttainen , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Border Crossings : Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media 2012; (p. 33-44)
Victoria Kuttained traces the interconnections between trauma and postcolonialism in Tim Winton's The Turning - a collection of seventeen interrelated short stories.
West Steps up to Secure Winton Portmanteau Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 July 2012; (p. 15)
Ashlee Joins Stars to Bring Winton's Words to Screen Helene Sobolewski , Antimo Iannella , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 April 2012; (p. 63)
The Idea of Place : Reading for the Pleasure and the Workings of Power Susan Midalia , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 3 2012; (p. 44-51)
A Concise History of the Deckle Jessica Au , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 69 no. 2 2010; (p. 13)
y Unsettling Stories: Settler Postcolonialism and the Short Story Composite Victoria Kuttainen , Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2010 Z1784101 2010 single work criticism 'The first study of the synergies between postcolonialism and the genre of the short story composite, Unsettling Stories considers how the form of the interconnected short story collection is well suited to expressing thematic aspects of postcolonial writing on settler terrain. Unique for its comparative considerations of American, Canadian, and Australian literature within the purview of postcolonial studies, this is also a considered study of the difficult place of the postcolonial settler subject within academic debates and literature. Close readings of work by Tim Winton, Margaret Laurence, William Faulkner, Stephen Leacock, Sherwood Anderson, Olga Masters, Scott R. Sanders, Thea Astley, Tim O'Brien and Sandra Birdsell are positioned alongside critical discussions of postcolonial theory to show how awkward affiliations of individuals to place, home, nation, culture, and history expressed in short story composites can be usefully positioned within the broader context of settler colonialism and its aftermath' (publisher website).
'Turning' as Theme and Structure in Tim Winton's Short Stories Stephen Torre , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bernard Hickey, a Roving Cultural Ambassador : Essays in His Memory. 2009; (p. 281-292)
Tough Turning Ron Banks , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19 February 2008; (p. 2)
On My Bedside Table Jan Stewart , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 5 April 2008; (p. 28)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; One Fourteenth of an Elephant : A Memoir of Life and Death on the Burma-Thailand Railway Ian Denys Peek 2003 single work autobiography
A Beach Somewhere : The Australian Littoral Imagination at Play Bruce Bennett , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007; (p. 31-44)
A remarkable array of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Australian novelists and short story writers have presented images of West Australian beaches and coastlines. These authors include Robert Drewe, Jack Davis, Randolph Stow, Peter Cowan, Dorothy Hewett, and Tim Winton. Their human dramas have a peculiar poignancy when played out against the natural elements of these Western coasts. Sexual, emotional, or spiritual crises occur in maritime settings that both enhance their memorability and reveal humanity's fragile hold on the continent. (abstract taken from The Littoral Zone)
y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
Your View Barbara Baker , 2005 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 February 2005; (p. 2)
Short, Not Quite Sweet Chris Brice , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 October 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Facing Life on the Margins Peter Pierce , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 2004; (p. 4)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Grim World That Shines with Life A. P. Riemer , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 October 2004; (p. 10)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Turning Point of Maturity in Winton's Gifts Robert Hefner , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 October 2004; (p. 17)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Winton Turns on the Humanity Rod Moran , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 9 October 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Back to Strife Stella Clarke , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 October 2004; (p. 13)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Dun Roamin' Mandy Sayer , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Bulletin The , 12 October vol. 122 no. 6442 2004; (p. 123)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
A Job Lot James Ley , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 265 2004; (p. 47)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Twist in Time Shaun Charles , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 16 October 2004; (p. 8)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Untitled Katherine Lyall-Watson , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , October vol. 84 no. 4 2004; (p. 31)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Turning Point Phil Brown , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 24 - 30 November no. 518 2004; (p. 37)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Under the Shifty Shadow of God William Skidelsky , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 25 March no. 5321 2005; (p. 21)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
The Eternal Return Anthony Lynch , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Space : New Writing , no. 2 2005; (p. 149-158)

— Review of The Best Australian Stories 2004 2004 anthology short story ; The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Fiction John Kinsella , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 101 2005; (p. 70-73)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Bewitching Suburbia Georgie Arnott , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 181 2005; (p. 98-99)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Fiction Chronicle Polly Shulman , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 11 December vol. 110 no. 50 2005; (p. 24)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Winton's Overlapping Stories Analyze Disillusionment But Don't Disappoint. Sean Gallagher , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 220-221)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
On My Bedside Table Jan Stewart , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 5 April 2008; (p. 28)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; One Fourteenth of an Elephant : A Memoir of Life and Death on the Burma-Thailand Railway Ian Denys Peek 2003 single work autobiography
Untitled Marie Evans , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 61-62)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story
Get Shorty Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-mail , 29 November 2014; (p. 10)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas 2014 selected work short story ; Australia's Best Unknown Stories : And Tales You Thought You Knew Jim Haynes 2014 anthology short story ; Springtime : A Ghost Story Michelle De Kretser 2014 single work novel
'Short stories have a long life ahead of them...'
Where Do I Go From Here? Janet Hawley , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 25 September 2004; (p. 22-27)
To the West of Winton Griffin Longley , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 October 2004; (p. 10-12)
Your View Barbara Baker , 2005 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 February 2005; (p. 2)
Ten-Year Walk Down Memory Lane Brings Home the Bacon Angela Bennie , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 May 2005; (p. 7)
y Mind the Country : Tim Winton's Fiction Salhia Ben-Messahel , Crawley : University of Western Australia , 2006 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism
A Beach Somewhere : The Australian Littoral Imagination at Play Bruce Bennett , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007; (p. 31-44)
A remarkable array of late twentieth and early twenty-first century Australian novelists and short story writers have presented images of West Australian beaches and coastlines. These authors include Robert Drewe, Jack Davis, Randolph Stow, Peter Cowan, Dorothy Hewett, and Tim Winton. Their human dramas have a peculiar poignancy when played out against the natural elements of these Western coasts. Sexual, emotional, or spiritual crises occur in maritime settings that both enhance their memorability and reveal humanity's fragile hold on the continent. (abstract taken from The Littoral Zone)
Tough Turning Ron Banks , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19 February 2008; (p. 2)
'Turning' as Theme and Structure in Tim Winton's Short Stories Stephen Torre , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bernard Hickey, a Roving Cultural Ambassador : Essays in His Memory. 2009; (p. 281-292)
A Concise History of the Deckle Jessica Au , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 69 no. 2 2010; (p. 13)
y Unsettling Stories: Settler Postcolonialism and the Short Story Composite Victoria Kuttainen , Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2010 Z1784101 2010 single work criticism 'The first study of the synergies between postcolonialism and the genre of the short story composite, Unsettling Stories considers how the form of the interconnected short story collection is well suited to expressing thematic aspects of postcolonial writing on settler terrain. Unique for its comparative considerations of American, Canadian, and Australian literature within the purview of postcolonial studies, this is also a considered study of the difficult place of the postcolonial settler subject within academic debates and literature. Close readings of work by Tim Winton, Margaret Laurence, William Faulkner, Stephen Leacock, Sherwood Anderson, Olga Masters, Scott R. Sanders, Thea Astley, Tim O'Brien and Sandra Birdsell are positioned alongside critical discussions of postcolonial theory to show how awkward affiliations of individuals to place, home, nation, culture, and history expressed in short story composites can be usefully positioned within the broader context of settler colonialism and its aftermath' (publisher website).
Boundary Trouble : Trauma Fiction and Postcolonialism in Tim Winton's The Turning Victoria Kuttainen , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Border Crossings : Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media 2012; (p. 33-44)
Victoria Kuttained traces the interconnections between trauma and postcolonialism in Tim Winton's The Turning - a collection of seventeen interrelated short stories.
West Steps up to Secure Winton Portmanteau Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 July 2012; (p. 15)
Ashlee Joins Stars to Bring Winton's Words to Screen Helene Sobolewski , Antimo Iannella , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 April 2012; (p. 63)
The Idea of Place : Reading for the Pleasure and the Workings of Power Susan Midalia , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 3 2012; (p. 44-51)
In the Same Boat Emmett Stinson , 2013- single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2013;
'Discussions of the cultural cringe are now conducted in the past tense. Cringe-thinking, or so the contemporary narrative goes, can no longer function in a globalised, cosmopolitan, multicultural Australia where local literature circulates in an international milieu. This new literary internationalism is perhaps best exemplified by the designation of Melbourne as an UNESCO City of Literature in the 2008 and the subsequent founding of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, but evidence of Australian cultural bodies' increasing collaboration with foreign organisations can be found everywhere: the establishment of the 2012 conference NonfictioNow, which was a joint initiative of RMIT and the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop; the 2010 creation of if:book Australia, a collaborative venture between the Queensland Writers Centre and the international Institute for the Future of the Book; the 2012 recognition of Clunes as one of sixteen members of the International Organisation of Booktowns; Allen & Unwin's 2010 launch of an Australian version of the Faber Academy, which offers creative writing classes; and the recent announcement of a Melbourne chapter of Alain de Botton's School of Life, which will host literary events, offer 'bibliotherapy', and contain a bookshop run by local seller Readings.' (Author's introduction)
The Cycle of Love and Loss : Melancholic Masculinity in The Turning Bridget Grogan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 199-220)

Briget Grogan examines the complexities in Tim Winton's interrelated and thematically interwoven short story collection The Turning.

Water Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 16-48)

'In Dirt Music, remembering the time before a car crash took the lives of his brother Darkie, Darkie's wife Sal, and their two children, Bird and Bullet, Luther Fox recalls Bird's question : 'Lu, how come water lets you through it?' Bird is the one who saw God, and 'if anyone saw God it would likely be her. Bird's the nearest thing to an angelic being.' Bird's question suggests the function of water in Winton's novels. Water is everywhere in his writing, as people sail on it, dive into it, live on the edge of it. Clearly the sea and the river are vital aspects of the writer's own experience. But water is more than an omnipresent feature of his writing and his life, the oceanscape of his stories. It is something that 'lets you through'. It lets you through because it is the passage to a different state of being, sometimes in dream, sometimes in physical extremity, but always offers itself as the medium of transformation. When it lets you through - whether to escape to a different life, as a rite of passage to adulthood, to see the world in a new way or to discover the holiness of the earth or the wonder of the world, whether it is the baptismal water of redemption to an opening to a world of silence - and it is all these things- you become different.' (Author's introduction 16)

Film : To Turn Again Rebecca Harkins-Cross , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , September no. 19 2013; (p. 58)
‘. . . An Asian Dummy with an Aussie Voice’ : Ventriloquism and Authenticity in Nam Le’s The Boat and Tim Winton’s The Turning Lachlan Brown , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'This paper presents a number of key similarities between Nam Le’s story ‘Halflead Bay’ in The Boat and Tim Winton’s 2004 collection of short stories The Turning. Indeed the scale and type of these similarities indicates more than a subconscious attempt at creating what could be considered a quintessentially regional Australian voice. There seems to be mimicry, counterfeit or the call of the lyrebird at play in this story. Picking up Ken Gelder’s ideas of citation and ventriloquism from his 2010 discussion of proximate reading, alongside Connor's discussion of ventriloquism in Dumdstruck, this paper considers the implications of Le’s attempts to ‘out-Winton’ Winton in ‘Halflead Bay.’ Of particular relevance here is Le’s own exploration of ventriloquism and accents in his Wheeler Centre presentation ‘Voices from Elsewhere’, as well the attention he pays to accents, location and problematic authenticity in The Boat’s opening story.' (Publication abstract)

Get Shorty Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-mail , 29 November 2014; (p. 10)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas 2014 selected work short story ; Australia's Best Unknown Stories : And Tales You Thought You Knew Jim Haynes 2014 anthology short story ; Springtime : A Ghost Story Michelle De Kretser 2014 single work novel
'Short stories have a long life ahead of them...'

Awards

2005 commended International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book
2005 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2005 shortlisted International Awards Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award Inaugural award
2005 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Fiction Book
2004 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
2004 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award Announced in 2005.
2004 joint winner Colin Roderick Award Announced in 2005. Joint winner with Alan Wearne for The Lovemakers.
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