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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)

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Adaptations

y separately published work icon Cloudstreet Paige Gibbs , 1996 (Manuscript version)x400722 Z854113 1996 single work radio play

Paige Gibbs adapted Cloudstreet into a radio play in 1996 for ABC Radio National.

y separately published work icon Cloudstreet Nick Enright , Justin Monjo , 1998 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 separately published work icon Cloudstreet Tim Winton , Ellen Fontana , ( dir. Matt Saville ) Australia : Screentime Showtime , 2011 Z1582485 2011 series - publisher 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

Reading Australia

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 12 (English Unit 3)

Themes

Australian identity, belonging, community, faith, family, fate, fear, love, nostalgia, spirituality

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy, Personal and social

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

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1991 .
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      Extent: 426p.
      Reprinted: 1993
      ISBN: 0869142240, 0869143352 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador ,
      1991 .
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      1991 Picador cover
      Extent: 426p.
      ISBN: 0330318284
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1992 .
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      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 .
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      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,
      :
      Simon and Schuster ,
      2002 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 426p.
      ISBN: 0743234413
    • 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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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      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,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Amber ,
      1992 .
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      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

‘A Place with Its Own Shying’ : Countering the Aboriginal Uncanny in Vivienne Cleven’s Her Sister’s Eye Suzette Mayr , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 17 no. 2 2018;

'In their introduction to the book Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence, Colleen E. Boyd and Coll Thrush recall the recurring nature of the ‘Indian burial ground’ (vii) cliché in popular culture. As Boyd and Thrush see it, the Aboriginal burial ground as the rationale for a piece of land being uncanny or haunted has become ‘a tried-and-true element of the cultural industry’ (vii). Boyd and Thrush argue that possessed, sacred Aboriginal territory or the ‘Indian uncanny’ (ix) remains one of the most common explanations for the supernatural attributes of a house or other physical site in texts produced in ‘settler colonies’ (Ashcroft 133) such as Australia, Canada, and the United States, ‘[w]hether . . . the haunted house down the dirt lane, the spectral woods behind the subdivision or the seemingly cursed stretch of highway up the canyon’ (Boyd vii).' (Introduction)

The Postcolonial Turn and the Fantastic Iva Polak , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Futuristic Worlds in Australian Aboriginal Fiction 2017; (p. 71-95)

'Doris Bachmann-Medick maintains that the period since the 1970s has seen a series of “cultural turns”, that is, theoretical and cultural reorientations, which have “shifted perspectives, introduced new focuses and, as a result, opened previously unexamined cross-disciplinary fields of inquiry” (1). One such turn is the constitution of the postcolonial theory of culture, which has “shed light on the power of hegemonic cultures to shape discourse while illuminating the increasingly autonomous self-representation of previously marginalized societies, ethnic groups and literatures” (Bachmann-Medick 132).'  (Introduction)

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)
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.
[Review] Cloudstreet 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 separately published work icon 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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