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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 The Turning
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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.

Adaptations

form y The Turning Tim Winton , Australia : Arenamedia Pty Ltd , 2013 Z1912300 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

Notes

  • 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.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney,: Picador , 2004 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Big World, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story
'Hitting the road in a Kombi that's like a garden shed on wheels.' (Journeys, p.33)
(p. 1-15)
Abbreviation, Tim Winton , 2003-2004 single work short story (p. 17-36)
Aquifer, Tim Winton , 2001 single work short story (p. 37-53)
Damaged Goods, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 55-65)
Small Mercies, Tim Winton , 2003 single work short story (p. 67-99)
On Her Knees, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 101-112)
Cockleshell, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 113-132)
The Turning, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 133-161)
Sand, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 163-169)
Family, Tim Winton , 1997 single work short story (p. 171-187)
Long, Clear View, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 189-204)
Reunion, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story humour (p. 205-215)
Commission, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 217-233)
Fog, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 235-249)
Boner McPharlin's Moll, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 251-292)
Immunity, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 293-298)
Defender, Tim Winton , 2004 single work short story (p. 299-317)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney,: Picador , 2004 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 0330421387, 0330421395 (deckle edged ed.)
    • Sydney,: Picador , 2004 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      Reprinted: 2005 , 2006
      ISBN: 0330422081
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Canada,
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      Americas,
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      HarperCollins ,
      2005 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 9780002007153
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Charles Scribner's Sons ,
      2005 .
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      Alternative title: The Turning: New Stories
      Extent: 321p.
      ISBN: 0743276930
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador ,
      2006 .
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      Extent: 317p.
      ISBN: 9780330441353
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Bolinda , 2006 .
      Extent: 343p.
      Edition info: Large print.
      ISBN: 1740938100
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Extent: 336p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 October 2014
      ISBN: 9780143568834
Alternative title: Angelus
Language: French
    • Paris,
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      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Rivages ,
      2006 .
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      Extent: 324p.
      ISBN: 274361580X

Works about this Work

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)
Sarah Armstrong : Books That Changed Me 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 9 September 2016;
'Sarah Armstrong has been a journalist and producer for ABC radio and Foreign Correspondent on ABC TV. Her first novel, Salt Rain, was shortlisted for the 2005 Miles Franklin Award. Her third novel, Promise (Macmillan), is about a woman who runs away with her neighbour's son after she suspects he is being abused. She lives in northern NSW with her husband, the writer Alan Close. ...'
Get Shorty Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-mail , 29 November 2014; (p. 10)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas 2014 selected work short story ; Australia's Best Unknown Stories : And Tales You Thought You Knew Jim Haynes 2014 anthology short story ; Springtime : A Ghost Story Michelle De Kretser 2014 single work novel
'Short stories have a long life ahead of them...'
Get Shorty Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-mail , 29 November 2014; (p. 10)

— Review of The Turning Tim Winton 2004 selected work short story ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas 2014 selected work short story ; Australia's Best Unknown Stories : And Tales You Thought You Knew Jim Haynes 2014 anthology short story ; Springtime : A Ghost Story Michelle De Kretser 2014 single work novel
'Short stories have a long life ahead of them...'
‘. . . An Asian Dummy with an Aussie Voice’ : Ventriloquism and Authenticity in Nam Le’s The Boat and Tim Winton’s The Turning Lachlan Brown , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'This paper presents a number of key similarities between Nam Le’s story ‘Halflead Bay’ in The Boat and Tim Winton’s 2004 collection of short stories The Turning. Indeed the scale and type of these similarities indicates more than a subconscious attempt at creating what could be considered a quintessentially regional Australian voice. There seems to be mimicry, counterfeit or the call of the lyrebird at play in this story. Picking up Ken Gelder’s ideas of citation and ventriloquism from his 2010 discussion of proximate reading, alongside Connor's discussion of ventriloquism in Dumdstruck, this paper considers the implications of Le’s attempts to ‘out-Winton’ Winton in ‘Halflead Bay.’ Of particular relevance here is Le’s own exploration of ventriloquism and accents in his Wheeler Centre presentation ‘Voices from Elsewhere’, as well the attention he pays to accents, location and problematic authenticity in The Boat’s opening story.' (Publication abstract)

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 Z1286107 2006 single work criticism

Awards

2005 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Fiction Book
2005 shortlisted International Awards Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award Inaugural award
2005 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2005 commended International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book
2004 joint winner Colin Roderick Award Announced in 2005. Joint winner with Alan Wearne for The Lovemakers.
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