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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Eyrie
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'Eyrie tells the story of Tom Keely, a man who’s lost his bearings in middle age and is now holed up in a flat at the top of a grim highrise, looking down on the world he’s fallen out of love with. He’s cut himself off, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman he used to know when they were kids, and her introverted young boy. The encounter shakes him up in a way he doesn’t understand. Despite himself, Keely lets them in. What follows is a heart-stopping, groundbreaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting – populated by unforgettable characters. It asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing..' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Denise, always
  • Epigraph:

    they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
    they shall run, and not be weary;
    and they shall walk, and not faint.

    Isaiah 40:31

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2013 .
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      Image courtesy of Penguin Books
      Extent: 432p.
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      • Published: 14 October 2013
      ISBN: 1926428536, 9781926428536
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      HarperCollins (Canada) ,
      2013 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 423p.p.
      Reprinted: 2014
      ISBN: 9781443431545, 1443431540
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 423p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 25 June 2014
      ISBN: 9780143571346
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Farrar Straus and Giroux ,
      2014 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 423p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 6 October 2014
      ISBN: 9780374711771
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Picador ,
      2014 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 423p.p.
      ISBN: 9781447253488, 1447253485, 9781447253457, 1447253450
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Picador ,
      2015 .
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      Extent: 423p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 23rd April 2015
      ISBN: 9781447253471
Alternative title: Refuge
Language: French
    • Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Payot et Rivages ,
      2015 .
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      This image has been sourced from Amazon
      Extent: 494p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 15 April 2015
      ISBN: 9782743631734

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  • Large print.
  • Braille.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

Tim Winton and the Ethics of the Neighbour Here and Now Peter D. Mathews , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , vol. 55 no. 5 2019; (p. 642-655)

'This article explores the ethical concept of the neighbour, an idea central to the fiction of Tim Winton. The first part focuses on how the ghosts in Cloudstreet symbolize an Australian culture haunted by the injustices of colonization, especially the dispossession of the Indigenous people. The second part looks at the paradox of being commanded to love one’s neighbour, comparing an early story, “Neighbours”, to Winton’s recent novel Eyrie. The third part looks at Winton’s ethics of neighbourliness in light of recent critical reworkings of this concept by Slavoj Žižek and Kenneth Reinhard. Central to this section is the importance of time and place to the ethics of the neighbour, in particular the repeated insistence by both Winton and his critics that, rather than focusing on the past, we should acknowledge the neighbour who stands before us in the here and now.'  (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Contemporary Australian Novels and Crises of Ecologies David S. Harris , Melbourne : 2017 17217106 2017 single work thesis This thesis argues that literature can cultivate our sensuous attunement to ecological crises and enhance our powers of living amid these crises. These literary potentials are confirmed in studies of novels by Alexis Wright, Janette Turner Hospital and Tim Winton.
Tim Winton : Abjection, Meaning-making and Australian Sacredness Lyn McCredden , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 1 2016;

'Tim Winton’s fiction has divided critics. His writing has been characterised as nostalgic (Dixon), as too Christian (Goldsworthy), as blokey, and even misogynist (Schürholz). He has been pilloried on the blog site Worst of Perth, with its ‘Wintoning Project,’ which calls for contributions of ‘Australian or Western Australian schmaltz, in the style of our most famous literary son, master dispenser of literary cheese and fake WA nostalgia Tim Winton’ (online). And he has won the top Australian literary prize, The Miles Franklin Award, four times (Shallows, 1984; Cloudstreet, 1992; Dirt Music, 2002; and Breath, 2009). Winton’s oeuvre spans three decades. It remains highly recognisable in its use of Australian vernacular and its sun-filled, beachy Western Australian settings; but it has also taken some dramatic, dark and probingly self-questioning turns. While critics often look for common strands in an author’s oeuvre, it is revealing to consider developments and changes between individual works. How do the darker, more abject elements of Winton’s imaginative visions relate to the ‘wholesome’ if macho Aussie surfer image, or to the writer of plenitude somehow embarrassing to critics?' (Author's introduction)

Australia : An Inescapable Cultural Paradigm? Cross- and Transcultural Elements in Tim Winton’s Fiction Tomasz Gadzina , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 7 no. 2 2016; (p. 30-40)
'The article considers Tim Winton’s fiction in terms of its cross- and transcultural character. Despite the fact that local Australian settings permeate the writer’s narratives, Winton creates an imaginary space that is both local and transnational in terms of its quality of the domestic culture, which Winton extends beyond its original field of practice. Winton achieves the transcultural quality of his fiction through transgressions and boundary breaking that are possible due to his frequent reworking of the traditional Australian themes and concepts of the unknown, supernatural, mystical, numinous and sacred, exploitation of leitmotifs of journey, transit and in-betweenness, use of cross-cultural symbols as well as various utopian and dystopian topoi such as Arcadia and Heimat.' (Publication abstract)
Contending with a Blank Page Madeleine Watts , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: Griffith Review , no. 47 2015; (p. 105-115)

'Tim Winton is arguably Australia's most widely read contemporary novelist. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, adapted for television, stage and film, and won him Australia's most prestigious literary award - the Miles Franklin Award - four times. In 2013, Winton published his eleventh novel, Eyrie (Penguin, 2013). The book follows Tom Keely, a man who spends his days alone in a stuffy flat of a tan-brick apartment block in the middle of Fremantle, unemployed, disgraced, divorced, gradually drinking himself into oblivion. His solitude is disrupted by a meeting with his neighbour, Gemma - a woman he hasn't seen since she was a little girl from the end of the street, running away from chaos at home. Gemma and her grandson, Kai, force Keely into an entanglement with ugly, difficult things. The book, at once a personal story, is also a harsh reflection of Western Australia during the mining boom and the changes it wrought to the state's cultural and political priorities. In this interview, from different sides of the world, Winton discusses Eyrie, the importance of Western Australia in his work and the relationship between the popular and the literary in Australian publishing.' (Publication abstract)

Light and Shadow Peter Conrad , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 94 2013; (p. 60-65)

— Review of The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan , 2013 single work novel ; Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel
Elevated View of Decline Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 October 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel
Acclaimed Writer In a Class of His Own Larissa Nicholson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 October 2013; (p. 7)

— Review of Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel
Great Leap of Faith Michael McGirr , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 November 2013; (p. 31)

— Review of Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel
The Room at the Top Michael McGirr , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 November 2013; (p. 27)

— Review of Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel
Ponting Returns for Huge Innings Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 September 2013; (p. 14) The Canberra Times , 28 September 2013; The Age , 28 September 2013 2013;
Every Word, Every Passage is New Challenge for Author 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 October 2013; (p. 16)
Winton's World William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 12 October 2013; (p. 10-12)
Silence Speaks to the Lucky Man Billy Rule , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 October 2013; (p. 23)

'Five years after his last novel, Tim Winton's Eyrie is out today. Billy Rule catches up with the world-acclaimed author - voted our most beloved novelist - on his home turf.'

Interview : Tim Winton Jason Steger (interviewer), 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 October 2013; (p. 28) The Age , 12 October 2013; (p. 30) The Canberra Times , 12 October 2013; (p. 19)

'The master of landscape turns his eye on a city and a man, both showing the ravages of age...'

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