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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Dirt Music
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'Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognises herself.

'One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she looks up from the computer screen to see a shadow lurking on the beach below, and a dangerous new element enters her life. Luther Fox, the local poacher. Jinx. Outcast...' (From the publisher's website.)


  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's eleventh favourite book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2001 .
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      Extent: 465p.
      Reprinted: 2002 , 2004
      ISBN: 0330363239
    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Picador ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: 465p.
      Reprinted: 2003
      ISBN: 0330490249
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      United States of America (USA),
      Scribner ,
      2002 .
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      Alternative title: Dirt Music : A Novel
      Extent: 411p.
      ISBN: 0743228022
    • Rockland, Massachusetts,
      United States of America (USA),
      Compass Press ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: 460p.
      ISBN: 158724246X
Alternative title: Par-dessus le bord du monde : roman
Language: French

Works about this Work

Facing Death on the Australian Beach : Examining Fear and Transcendence Elizabeth Ellison , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 45 2017;

'The Australian beach has often been considered in academic approaches as a place of binaries – focusing on either the mythic (Fiske, Hodge and Turner 1987) or the ordinary (Morris 1998). An edge to the Australian continent, the liminal space of the beach is one that has received some attention. Using Edward Soja’s (1996) ‘Thirdspace’ concept allows the beach to challenge the space as a liminality and emerge as a more complex beachspace, both mythic and ordinary and more all at once. The Australian beach is a place of significant beauty, while simultaneously a place of risk and danger. Visitors to the space are immediately warned to only swim between the flags, and many beaches are patrolled for the majority of the day all throughout the year. Technology has been employed to identify risk despite the inherent unpredictability of the beach (such as shark sighting technology, weather predictions, and wave cameras), with an aim to provide a safe, everyday space available to all Australians to use. The potential risks of accidental death are high on the beach; however, many representations of death tend to include homicide or suicide. ‘Facing death’ is interested in examining how Australian writers of the beach portray death. Classic texts like Nevil Shute’s On the Beach (1957) are discussed alongside more contemporary texts, including Fiona Capp’s Night Surfing (1996), Tim Winton’s Dirt Music (2001), and Romy Ash’s Floundering (2012). These writers portray death as an inevitability or a continual threat. Films such as Newcastle (2008) represent accidental death in a tight knit local community; in comparison Blackrock (1997) deals with both murder and suicide. This paper illustrates how examining the beach as a more complex space by interrogating Australian writing on the subject allows for an interesting understanding of how death is represented on the Australian beach.' (Publication abstract)

The Fiction of Time Winton : Relational Ecology in an Unsettled Land Lyn McCredden , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November vol. 17 no. 2017; (p. 63-71)
Complicating the processes of belonging in place, for non-Indigenous Australians, is the growing realization that they live in a huge, diverse land, a place in which they are not native. The fiction of popular Anglo-Saxon Australian novelist Tim Winton echoes the understanding of poet Judith Wright, for whom “two strands – the love of the land we have invaded and the guilt of the invasion – have become part of me. It is a haunted country” (Wright 1991: 30). This essay will explore Winton’s novels in which there is a pervasive sense of unease and loss experienced by the central characters, in relation to place and land. Winton’s characters – Queenie Cookson and her traumatic witnessing of the barbaric capture and flaying of whales; Fish Lamb’s near-drowning in the sea, and Lu Fox’s quest for refuge in the wilderness, prophet-like, after the tragedy of his family’s death – are all written with a haunting sense of white unsettlement and displacement, where such natural forces – the sea and its creatures, the land’s distances and risks – confront and re-form the would-be dominators.
The Reconciliation in the Wilderness : On Tim Winton's Dirt Music Xu Xian-jing , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , March vol. 36 no. 2 2017; (p. 63-68)

In the essay the author examines Tim Winton's Dirt Music to unearth the relationship between humankind and the natural environment.

Refuge in a Harsh Landscape – Australian Novels and Our Changing Relationship to the Bush Margaret Hickey , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 20 July 2017;

'In 1790, Watkin Tench, the first officer with the First Fleet and a member of the fledgling British colony, stood on what we now know to be “The Heads” of Sydney, hungry and pining for news of England ...' (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)
Best Reads in 2002 Arnold Zable , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 27 December vol. 69 no. 17 2002; (p. 30)

— Review of Dirt Music Tim Winton , 2001 single work novel ; Gilgamesh : A Novel Joan London , 2001 single work novel
[Review] Dirt Music Frances Devlin-Glass , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 1 no. 2002; (p. 81-84)

— Review of Dirt Music Tim Winton , 2001 single work novel
Perils of the Popular Peter Craven , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 1 2003; (p. 133-143)

— Review of Dirt Music Tim Winton , 2001 single work novel
'Peter Craven appraises three recent novels, one English [Ian McEwan's Atonement], one Australian [Winton's Dirt Music] and one American [Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections], that contrive to cross the boundaries of serious and popular fiction' and assesses the degrees of artistic success. (p.133)
Living Stones Magdalena Ball , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Coppertales : A Journal of Rural Arts , no. 9 2003; (p. 86-88)

— Review of Dirt Music Tim Winton , 2001 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : For Bronwyn Rivers , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 September 2007; (p. 32)

— Review of Dirt Music Tim Winton , 2001 single work novel
Author Winton Joins Artists in Logging Boycott Andrew Darby , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 6 November 2002; (p. 9)
Tim Winton, Natural Born Writer Michael Sheather , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Women's Weekly , October 2002; (p. 56-58)
The Travelling Heroine in Recent Australian Fiction Elizabeth Webby , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 175-186)
This essay reviews and discusses seven Australian novels published in 2000 and 2001 which all focus on 'travelling heroines'. Trying to explore what these novels tell us about the current state of Australian fiction, Webby sees a trend to avoid contemporary settings and topics and thus a confrontation with current political and social issues such as discrimination and racism. She observes a move from the nineteenth to the twentieth century as 'the favoured domain for serious Australian historical fiction', and a trend to return to essentially nineteenth-century themes and structures.
Winton First Among Peers 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 27 May 2003; (p. 3)
Books and Covers : Reflections on Some Recent Australian Novels Elizabeth Webby , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Studies in English , vol. 29 no. 2003; (p. 79-86)
Compares the covers of Australian, American and English editions of recent Australian novels, including three novels short-listed for the 2002 Miles Franklin Award.
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