y The Turning selected work   short story  
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.


form y The Turning Tim Winton , Australia : Arenamedia Pty Ltd , 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


  • 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.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2004 .
      Extent: 317p.
      Reprinted: 2005 , 2006
      ISBN: 0330422081
    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Picador , 2006 .
      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 9780330441353
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Bolinda , 2006 .
      Extent: 343p.
      Edition info: Large print.
      ISBN: 1740938100
Alternative title: Angelus
Language: French

Works about this Work

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)
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)
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
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 single work criticism
  • Coast,
  • Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,