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Issue Details: First known date: 1991... 1991 Cloudstreet
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'From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.' (Source: Publisher's website)

Adaptations

y Cloudstreet Paige Gibbs , 1996 (Manuscript version)x400722 Z854113 1996 single work radio play
y Cloudstreet Nick Enright , Justin Monjo , Sydney Perth : Currency Press Company B Belvoir Black Swan Theatre Company , 1999 Z396116 1998 single work drama (taught in 2 units) Tim Winton's quintessential Australian yarn of the spirited child Fish, his family and unlikely neighbours - sharing determination, faith, pain, and laughter is a story of love and the bonds that tie us to our sense of place. Hailed as one of the most acclaimed theatrical events of the decade, it is a five hour epic. (Source: Libraries Australia)
form y Cloudstreet Tim Winton , Ellen Fontana , Australia : Screentime Showtime , 2011 Z1582485 2011 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units) 'The highly anticipated three part mini-series of the modern Australian classic novel. Set in and around Perth during the 40s and 50s, Cloudstreet tells the story of two rural families who suffer separate catastrophes and flee to the city to pick up the pieces of their lives and start again. Brought together in the same house at No.1 Cloud Street, the Lambs and the Pickles' share numerous tragedies and triumphs that draw them closer together, until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.' (Showtime website)
Cloudstreet : The Opera Cloudstreet! George Palmer (composer), Gale Edwards , 2016 single work musical theatre opera

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Unit Suitable For:

AC: Year 12 (English Unit 3)

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award and recognised as one of the greatest works of Australian literature, Cloudstreet is Tim Winton's sprawling, comic epic about luck and love, fortitude and forgiveness, and the magic of the everyday.

Source: Penguin Random House Australia

(https://penguin.com.au/books/cloudstreet-9780140273984)

Notes

  • Selected in May 2003 by members of The Australian Society of Authors as their favourite Australian book.
    Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's fifth favourite book.

  • Adapted for the stage by Nick Enright and Justin Mojo in 1997.
  • Ranked #1 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • 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 ,
      1991 .
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      1991 Picador cover
      Extent: 426p.
      ISBN: 0330318284
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1992 .
      Extent: 426p.
      Reprinted: 1998
      ISBN: 0140171193 (pbk.)
    • Saint Paul, Minnesota,
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Graywolf Press ,
      1992 .
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      Extent: 426p.
      ISBN: 155597158X
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1996 .
      3824534049500743053.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 426p.
      Reprinted: 1998 , 2004
      ISBN: 0670869260
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1998 .
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      Cloudstreet's 1998 Penguin cover
      Extent: 444p.
      ISBN: 9780140273984, 0140273980
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Simon and Schuster ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: 426p.
      ISBN: 0743234413
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Bolinda , 2006 .
      Extent: 526p.
      ISBN: 1740938097
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2011 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 588p.
      Edition info: Television mini-series tie-in.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 28 March 2011.
      ISBN: 9780143205821 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2012 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 480p.
      Edition info: 21st anniversary edition
      ISBN: 9781926428451 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Picador ,
      2013 .
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      Extent: 480p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 16 November 2013
      ISBN: 9781250035516 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 576p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 19 November 2014
      ISBN: 9780143569725
Alternative title: Cloudstreet : kroniek van twee families
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Amber ,
      1992 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 395p.
    • Breda,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Uitgeverij de Geus ,
      1996 .
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      Extent: 541p.

Works about this Work

Who is My Neighbour? : Tim Winton’s ‘Aquifer’ and the Ghosts of Cloudstreet Peter Mathews , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , February vol. 32 no. 1 2017;

'The psychology of guilt as debt is a recurrent theme in Tim Winton’s fiction. A number of scholars have recently examined the theme of haunting in Winton’s Cloudstreet (1991), arguing that the ghosts which appear in the story represent an engagement with Australia’s colonial past, in particular the mistreatment of its Indigenous peoples. The latest of these, Michael R. Griffiths, highlights the shortcomings of Winton’s treatment of this theme, contending that Winton’s text might be read as a kind of excuse, in the name of naïveté, for colonial abuses. Given that Nicholas Birns (among others) has noted a new maturity in Winton’s work from The Turning (2004) onward, a fresh examination of such themes in Winton’s work is warranted. This essay does so through a reading of the short story ‘Aquifer’. Examining the story’s treatment of the psychology of guilt and debt, the essay explores how Winton tries to resolve the moral and historical problems he raises in regard to Australian culture through the ethical figure of the neighbour, drawn in particular from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan. By showing the centrality of the neighbour to Winton’s work through references to In the Winter Dark (1988), Cloudstreet, Breath (2009), ‘Aquifer,’ and a newspaper editorial by Winton on the humanitarian treatment of refugees, this paper seeks to provide a new critical window through which to understand his evolving ethical ideas about Australia’s past and future.'

Source: Abstract.

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)

A Life of its Own Deborah Bogle , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 May 2016; (p. 15)
Another Country : The Bush Is a Person, Wrapped in a Landscape Gabrielle Chan , 2016 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 46-55)
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)
Cloudstreet Alan Mathews , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Tamba , Winter no. 2 1992; (p. 9-10)

— Review of Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel
On My Bedside Table Kate Cherry , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 7 February 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel
Local Classics Belle Taylor , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 12 September 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel ; Sixty Lights Gail Jones 2004 single work novel ; Gilgamesh : A Novel Joan London 2001 single work novel ; The Shark Net : Memories and Murder Robert Drewe 2000 single work autobiography ; A Fortunate Life A. B. Facey 1980 single work autobiography ; The Well Elizabeth Jolley 1986 single work novel ; The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea Randolph Stow 1965 single work novel
Winton's Enduring Crowd Pleaser Brenda Walker , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 May 2011; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel
Review of the TV tie-in edition.
Untitled Marlene Dullard , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 54)

— Review of Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel
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'.
Woven in Spirit of Winton Leah de Forest , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 13 April 2003; (p. 22)
Winton First Among Peers 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 27 May 2003; (p. 3)
Tim Winton's 'New Tribalism' : Cloudstreet and Community Stuart Murray , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 25 no. 1 2003; (p. 83-91) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 72)

'The consolidation of the myths produced by Gallipoli suffused much of Australian public culture in the decades following the end of the First World War, producing models of masculinity, community and nationhood that became inscribed as cultural norms. It is these very norms that Winton's notion of the potential "new tribalism" of Australian community seeks to disrupt, especially by way of Cloudstreet's representation of family.' (Source: Article.)

Writing of Australian Dwelling : Animate Houses and Anxious Ground David Crouch , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 80 2004; (p. 43-52, notes 235-236)
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