Winton’s debt to unlikely ‘saviour’

HE’S reclusive, he’s enigmatic and he’s Australia’s most celebrated living author.

But it seems Tim Winton is also amazingly forgetful.

With the film adapation of his classic novel Cloudstreet due to hit the screens on Foxtel this month, the four-times Miles Franklin winner has revealed he left the half-finished handwritten manuscript – and the carbon copy – on a bus in Rome on his way to Athens in 1988. =>

New movie “Dirt Music”based on Tim Winton’s novel

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell have joined the cast of Phillip Noyce’s “Dirt Music,” based on Tim Winton’s novel of the same name, international sales, financing and production label HanWay Films said Saturday. Set in North Western Australia, the movie adaptation of Winton’s novel is set to begin shooting Down Under in August.

Cloudstreet premiere leaves Winton lost for words

After 20 years, Tim Winton’s classic WA novel Cloudstreet has finally made it to the screen.

But its creator, who has carved an international reputation in the years since the iconic WA novel hit the shelves, was for once left lost for words to mark the occasion. =>

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This year’s Miles Franklin winner – Breath by Tim Winton

breath Breath Winner Miles Franklin award for Literature 2009

by Tim Winton

This slender book packs an emotional wallop. Two thrill-seeking boys, Bruce and Loonie, are young teenagers in smalltown Australia, circa the early 1970s. Their attraction is focused on the water—ponds, rivers, the sea—but they do little more than play around until they fall in with a mysterious, older man named Sando. He recognizes their daredevil wildness and takes it upon himself to teach them to surf. As the boys become more skilled, their exploits become more reckless; narrator Bruce (nicknamed Pikelet) has doubts about where all this is heading, while the aptly named Loonie wants only bigger and bolder thrills.