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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.)

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Dirt Music Jack Thorne , ( dir. Gregor Jordan ) Australia : Aquarius Films Wildgaze Films , 2019 16563725 2019 single work film/TV

'Georgie Jutland is an unconventional woman in a conventional town, living with her widowed partner, Jim, and his two small children. An encounter with enigmatic poacher Lu, an outsider to the community, reignites her sense of purpose and this unlikely affinity leads them both to find where they truly belong. Based on the Booker Prize shortlisted novel by Tim Winton.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes

  • 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,
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      England,
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      Picador ,
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 465p.
      Reprinted: 2003
      ISBN: 0330490249
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Scribner ,
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Alternative title: Dirt Music : A Novel
      Extent: 411p.
      ISBN: 0743228022
    • Rockland, Massachusetts,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Compass Press ,
      2002 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 460p.
      ISBN: 158724246X
    • 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 ,
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 465p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 28th June 2018
         

      ISBN: 9781509871131
Alternative title: Par-dessus le bord du monde : roman
Language: French

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Novel Politics : Studies in Australian Political Fiction John Uhr , Shaun Crowe , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2020 18807115 2020 multi chapter work criticism

'Percy Bysshe Shelley once described poets as the 'unacknowledged legislators of the world'. If this is true, Australian political scientists have shown curiously little interest in the role that literary figures play in the nation's political life.

'Novel Politics takes the relationship between literature and politics seriously, analysing the work of six writers, each the author of a classic text about Australian society. These authors bridge the history of local writing, from pre-Federation colonial Australia (Catherine Spence, Rosa Praed and Catherine Martin) to the contemporary moment (Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas and Kim Scott). Novel Politics unpicks the many political threads woven into these books, as they document the social world as it exists, while suggesting new possibilities for the nation's future. As political commentators of a particular kind, all six authors offer unique insights into the deeper roots of politics in Australia, beyond the theatre of parliament and out into the wider social world, as imagined by its dreamers and criticised by its most incisive discontents.'(Publication summary) 

Dirt Music and the ‘Unfilmable’ Novel Alexandra Heller-Nicholas , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , October 2019;

'It’s been a decade since acclaimed Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce was first linked to a film adaptation of Tim Winton’s 2001 novel Dirt Music. Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and short-listed for the Booker Prize, the book was a prime candidate for the big screen, and the perceived cultural value of the project is reflected in the A-list names who became attached to it at different times during its long development history – including Rachel Weisz, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell and the late Heath Ledger.' (Introduction)

Film Adaptation of Tim Winton's Dirt Music to Commence Filming in Western Australia Erin Parke , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , July 2018;

'Tim Winton's Miles Franklin Award-winning 2001 novel Dirt Music will be adapted for the big screen and filmed in Western Australia.' 

y separately published work icon The Mabo Turn in Australian Fiction Geoff Rodoreda , Oxford : Peter Lang , 2017 13852561 2017 multi chapter work criticism

'This is the first in-depth, broad-based study of the impact of the Australian High Court’s landmark Mabo decision of 1992 on Australian fiction. More than any other event in Australia’s legal, political and cultural history, the Mabo judgement – which recognised indigenous Australians’ customary native title to land – challenged previous ways of thinking about land and space, settlement and belonging, race and relationships, and nation and history, both historically and contemporaneously. While Mabo’s impact on history, law, politics and film has been the focus of scholarly attention, the study of its influence on literature has been sporadic and largely limited to examinations of non-Aboriginal novels.

'Now, a quarter of a century after Mabo, this book takes a closer look at nineteen contemporary novels – including works by David Malouf, Alex Miller, Kate Grenville, Thea Astley, Tim Winton, Michelle de Kretser, Richard Flanagan, Alexis Wright and Kim Scott – in order to define and describe Australia’s literary imaginary as it reflects and articulates post-Mabo discourse today. Indeed, literature’s substantial engagement with Mabo’s cultural legacy – the acknowledgement of indigenous people’s presence in the land, in history, and in public affairs, as opposed to their absence – demands a re-writing of literary history to account for a “Mabo turn” in Australian fiction. ' (Publication summary)

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)

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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