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Issue Details: First known date: 1994... 1994 The Riders
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Fred Scully is in another country, a 'desert Irishman' far from home. After two long years of travelling through Europe, he decided to move his family from Australia to western Ireland. Scully arrived weeks ahead of his family to renovate the old farmhouse they'd bought in the shadow of a castle in County Offally, and which he's renovated by hand. Now, at the gate of Shannon's international airport, he anxiously awaits the arrival of his pregnant wife and seven-year-old daughter, envisioning a new life ahead, a fresh start. He has waited for and worried about this for months. He is a man who does not like being alone. The plane lands, the glass doors to the terminal slide open and his daughter emerges. Alone. There is no note, no word of explanation from his wife, only the mute silence of his stunned child. In an instant, Scully's life goes down in flames. This is a story of a marriage in our time. So begins a love-crazed odyssey across Europe, to the underside of the male psyche, in search of a woman vanished.

(Adapted from Trove)

Notes

  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's 69th favourite book.
  • Dedication: For Denise
  • Epigraph: Lines from 'Tom Traubert's Blues' by Tom Waits.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Scribner ,
      1995 .
      Extent: 377p.
      ISBN: 0684802961
    • 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 ,
      1995 .
      Extent: 377p.
      ISBN: 0330339419
    • 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 ,
      1995 .
      Extent: 348p.
      ISBN: 0330339427
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 1996 .
      Extent: 377p.
      ISBN: 0330357395 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador ,
      1996 .
      Extent: 377p.
      ISBN: 0330339427 (pbk)
    • Tullamarine, Keilor - Sunshine area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Bolinda , 1996 .
      Extent: 345p.
      ISBN: 1863406417
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2004 .
      Extent: 377p.
      ISBN: 0330357395
Language: German

Works about this Work

Hydra Healing Sarah Hender , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 July 2015; (p. 39)
‘Over the Cliff and into the Water’ : Love, Death and Confession in Tim Winton’s Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 96-121)

'Tim Winton's female characters show a strong tendency towards self-threatening behaviors, transience and ferocity. This is evident in the violent deaths of Jewel in An Open Swimmer, Maureen in Shallows, Ida's murder in In the Winter Dark [...], Tegwyn's self-harm in That Eye, the Sky, Dolly's alcoholism in Cloudstreet, Eva Sanderson's Hutchence-lookalike death in Breath and, obviously, the ephemerality of mothers in Dirt Music...' (96)

'The World's Australian Anthem' : Matilda Waltzes On Angela Jones , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 477-483)
Bodies that Speak : Mediating Female Embodiment in Tim Winton's Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 32-50)
Gendered Spaces : The Poetics of Domesticity in Tim Winton’s Fiction Hannah Schuerholz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia, , vol. 3 no. 2 2012; (p. 59-79)
'How can the fictional representation of space and domestic interority be interpreted in fictional works like Dirt Music, The Riders or Winton's latest novel Breath? This article argues that the house as an active living space in Winton's work functions significantly in the context of describing a mythical, commercially marketable, nostalgic image of rural Australia as a place of masculine redefinition and maturation. The analysis of spatiality in this context provides a deeper engagement with the connection between space and gender, highlighting the ambiguous nature of specifically gendered spheres in the architecture of Winton's fictional dwelling places. Deviating from the original Victorian concept of "separate spheres", which set up clear definitions of male and female domestic spaces, Winton's narratives place priority on highlighting the male influence on the originally female domains in the house. It is argued that these spaces reflect the troubling binary between male presence and female absence, highlighting the desires and troubles of the male characters but also female trauma, self-harm and displacement. These are some of the issues this paper addresses, showing how the postcolonial dialectic between place, space and gender can be applied to Winton's fictional "traumascapes" (M. Tumarkin).' (Author's abstract)
Innocence Abroad Barry Hill , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 September 1994; (p. 7)

— Review of The Riders Tim Winton 1994 single work novel
Believing the Unbelievable John Morrow , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 4 September 1994; (p. 10)

— Review of The Riders Tim Winton 1994 single work novel
Winton Takes Risks - and Succeeds Morag Fraser , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 September 1994; (p. 11A)

— Review of The Riders Tim Winton 1994 single work novel
Frenzied Search for Elusive Wife Michael Sharkey , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 September 1994; (p. rev 6)

— Review of The Riders Tim Winton 1994 single work novel
Winton Returns to Love and Fear Veronica Sen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 September 1994; (p. C10)

— Review of The Riders Tim Winton 1994 single work novel
Ahasverus on the Walkabout : The Motif of the Wandering Jew in Contemporary Australian Fiction Gloria Gebhardt , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 11-16)
y Tim Winton : The Writer and His Work Michael McGirr , South Yarra : Macmillan Education Australia , 1999 Z1022919 1999 single work criticism Aimed principally at younger readers and students, this work contains biographical information about Winton which situates him in a Western Australian context and has chapters dealing with each of Winton's novels to date. Each chapter concludes with a section 'Questions and Activities'.
Winton First Among Peers 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 27 May 2003; (p. 3)
The Colonising Victim : Tim Winton's Irish Conceit Jennifer Rutherford , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Flight from Certainty : The Dilemma of Identity and Exile 2001; (p. 153-163)
A Look at... Tim Winton's Places and People 1998 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 13 no. 3 1998; (p. 20-21)

Awards

1996 winner TDK Australian Audio Book Awards Unabridged Fiction Category
1996 winner TDK Australian Audio Book Awards Overall Award
1995 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
1995 winner 3M Talking Book of the Year Award
1995 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South-East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book from the Region Award
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