Tim Winton Biography

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Biography

Tim Winton began his first novel, An Open Swimmer (1982), at the age of 19, while on a Creative Writing course at Curtin University, Perth. It won the Australian/Vogel National Literary Award, and he has since made his living as a full-time writer.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1960, he is the author of several novels for adults, including Shallows (1986), a novel set in a whaling town, and Cloudstreet (1991), the tale of two working-class families rebuilding their lives, both won prestigious Miles Franklin Awards in Australia. A theatrical adaptation of Cloudstreet toured Australia, Europe and the USA to universal acclaim. His novel That Eye, the Sky (1986) was adapted for theatre by Justin Monjo and Richard Roxburgh, and also made into a film. A second film adaptation was made of In the Winter Dark (1988), featuring Brenda Blethyn. The Riders (1995) was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction, and also won a Commonwealth Writers Prize. Many of his books are set in his familiar landscapes of Western Australia.

After writing six of his adult novels, Tim Winton wrote his first book for children, Jesse (1988). Other children's books followed, including a series of three slapstick coming of age books (1992-1998), about the 13-year-old character, Lockie Leonard. These are being made into a series for television. The first such book, Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo (1992), won the Western Australia Premier's Award for Children's Fiction. It was adapted for the stage by Paige Gibbs and toured nationally with great success.

He is also the author of two collections of short stories, Scission and Other Stories (1987) and Minimum of Two (1987), and co-author of several travel books about Australia, including Land's Edge (1993).

His books include Dirt Music (2001), winner of several awards and shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and The Turning (2005), which tells 17 overlapping stories. His most recent novel is Breath (2008), winner of the 2009 Miles Franklin Award.

Tim Winton is patron of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers sponsored by the City of Subiaco, Western Australia. Active in the environmental movement in Australia he has been named a Living Treasure by the National Trust, and awarded the Centenary Medal for service to literature and the community. He has lived in Greece, France and Ireland, but has now settled in Western Australia with his family.

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Genres (in alphabetical order)
Children, Fiction, Non-fiction, Short stories, Travel

Bibliography
An Open Swimmer Allen & Unwin (Australia), 1982

Minimum of Two McPhee Gribble (Australia), 1985

Shallows Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986

That Eye, the Sky Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1986

Scission and Other Stories Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987

In the Winter Dark Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988

Jesse McPhee Gribble (Australia), 1988

Cloudstreet Picador, 1991

The Bugalugs Bum Thief McPhee Gribble (Australia), 1991

Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo Red Fox, 1992

Blood and Water: Stories Picador, 1993

Land's Edge Macmillan (Australia), 1993

Local Colour (photography and text by Bill Bachman; additional text by Tim Winton) (Hong Kong) Odyssey, 1994

Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster Macmillan Children's, 1995

The Collected Shorter Novels of Tim Winton Picador, 1995

The Riders Picador, 1995

Blueback Picador, 1998

Lockie Leonard, Legend Macmillan Children's, 1998

The Deep Sandcastle Books (Australia), 1998

Down to Earth (with photography by Richard Woldendorp) Freemantle Arts Centre Press (Australia), 1999

Dirt Music Picador, 2001

The Turning Picador, 2005

Small Mercies (novella) Picador, 2006

Breath Picador, 2008

Buy books by Tim Winton at Amazon.co.uk

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Prizes and awards
1981 Australian Vogel National Literary Award An...
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