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The Shepherd's Hut
The Shepherd's Hut: A Novel | Tim Winton
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From Tim Winton, Australias most decorated and beloved novelist and the author of Cloudstreet, comes The Shepherds Hut, the story of a young man on a thrilling journey of self-discovery in one of the most harshest, near-uninhabitable climates on Earth. Tim Winton is Australias most decorated and beloved novelist. Short-listed twice for the Booker Prize and the winner of a record four Miles Franklin Literary Awards for Best Australian Novel, he has a gift for language virtually unrivaled among writers in English. His work is both tough and tender, primordial and newalways revealing the raw, instinctual drives that lure us together and rend us apart. In The Shepherds Hut, Winton crafts the story of Jaxie Clackton, a brutalized rural youth who flees from the scene of his fathers violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a waterjug. All he wants is peace and freedom. But surviving in the harsh saltlands alone is a savage business. And once he discovers hes not alone out there, all Jaxies plans go awry. He meets a fellow exile, the ruined priest Fintan MacGillis, a man hes never certain he can trust, but on whom his life will soon depend. The Shepherds Hut is a thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning, at once brutal and lyrical, from one of our finest storytellers.
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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

Winton has a strong respect for the dangerous beauty and bounty of the Australian landscape. His rich descriptions kept me bound to the page when his all too frequent bouts of unreasonable violence disgusted me. The ending felt cruel and pointless.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Enjoying more of Winton tonight....

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

A boy is on the run across Australian‘s saltlands. He meets a disgraced priest living in a deserted shepherd‘s but and stays with him for a while. They are both outsiders, both surviving, dealing with their past and trying to make sense of life and faith. All is raw about this book: nature, plot, landscape, language. Well done but for me personally a so-so.

#LitsyBitsy #Journeys #ATY2020 #BookByAnAustralianAuthor #SummerFun #ReadInWater

Cuilin #30 journeys 👍 2y
Nebklvr That ending….🤷 9mo
BarbaraBB @Nebklvr I don‘t even remember 🤦🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Nebklvr @BarbaraBB consider it a mercy 9mo
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Rissreads
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Pickpick

PICK, PICK, PICK!
I adored this book. Winton really does write Australia well. The language, the characters and the landscape.
This book has it all, the good and the bad. It made me both laugh out loud and cry. I'm sure Jaxie and Fintan will stay with me a long time.
#Ozfiction is awesome!

nichollinlove Your review makes me interested in a book I know nothing about! I love it! 2y
BookNAround What a striking cover. 2y
BarbaraBB I‘ve been wanting to read this for so long! 2y
Rissreads #BarbaraBB just do it! 🤣 2y
BarbaraBB I will... one Day 😂 2y
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Tamra
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Bookmail! Very much anticipating this one.

MrsMalaprop Ooh, I‘m back there, in that story right now...Hope you like it ❤️. 3y
Tamra @MrsMalaprop nothing but amazing reviews! 👌🏾 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your thoughts. I recently acquired a used copy from a charity sale. 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Great cover too. 3y
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DamoM
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No one writes antiheroes like Mr Winton. Another extraordinary story, this one set in outback inland Western Australia. Mysterious characters, some passive and overt violence, hints of the past, and an unresolved future.

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ClairesReads
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July reading wrap up time and it was a mixed month for me. I had a great two weeks of holiday reading, followed by an end of the month hell week- where it took me 12 days to read a single book. My best reads bookended the month- Moon Tiger and The Shepherd‘s Hut. I had a great school read, and a wonderful graphic novel for #readharder2018 but otherwise it was so so. Hoping for some better reading consistency as I tackle the Booker Longlist!

Abailliekaras Loved Shepherd‘s Hut! Moon Tiger is on my list. 4y
Redheadrambles Still an impressive number of books Claire. But here is hoping for a better August 4y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles the school holiday certainly helped on that count! Looking forward to some more exciting reads. Our two bonus buddy reads were such a highlight for me 4y
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ClairesReads @Abailliekaras me too! It was just- wonderful. Moon Tiger is incredible- I think you‘ll love it Anna. 4y
Abailliekaras @ClairesReads looking forward to it! 📚 4y
ns510reads Still great work though! Looking forward to Shepherd‘s Hut. Hope August makes for a better reading life! 4y
ClairesReads @ns510reads back at you buddy! I hope you love the Winton whenever you get to it! 4y
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ClairesReads
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Pickpick

The Shepherd‘s Hut is an exceptional, thorough, and critical study of toxic masculinity culture. Jaxie Clackton is a vivid antihero- an unforgettable Australian voice; a voice that speaks for generations of young men, brought up in tough places and tough times, and for whom adults have been found wanting. This too, is a novel of Australia, Winton‘s writing brings to life the unforgiving landscape, which is central to our ability to find ourselves.

Redwritinghood Very good review Claire. It really captures the essence of this book. 4y
ephemeralwaltz Great review! 4y
Redheadrambles Great review. I am pleased you liked it 👌 4y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thank you friend! 4y
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ClairesReads
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Well this is just an excellent concluding section #indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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Winton, my soul. #indiebuddyreads

AceOnRoam 😍❤ 4y
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ClairesReads
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THIS BOOK THOUGH

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ClairesReads
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People can spoil too.

ns510reads Lol!! I love this quote 😂 4y
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ClairesReads
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Reading has been on hold in a big way this week...it‘s been less than ideal. So glad to be getting back into this one tonight.

Redwritinghood Yay! 🎉🎉 4y
Redheadrambles Woohoo 🎉 hope you enjoy it 4y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I still only managed to read 40 pages! Life is killing my reading life. 4y
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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads oh no ! Hopefully you get a better reading window soon I know your very fast when you do :) 4y
ns510reads Ohhh I so feel you. I feel like such a slow un-reader at the moment. Hope you get your reading mojo back soon! xx 4y
ClairesReads @ns510reads back at you- the work weeks are rough these days! 4y
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ClairesReads
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Finally reading #indiebuddyreads

Neale Yayyyyyyy! 😊 4y
ClairesReads @Neale finally right? I‘ve been dragging the chain with this. Will it make the hall of fame??? 4y
Neale @ClairesReads I say a big YAAAS!!!!! 😊 4y
MeikeReads Yippiehhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! 4y
Redwritinghood Great! Hope you like it. 4y
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RobinGustafson
Shepherd's Hut | Tim Winton
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Another one for the TBR #placeascharacter #onlyconnect #readingaroundtheworld The Shepherd‘s Hut by Tim Winton - an Australian odyssey

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Redwritinghood
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Pickpick

Received on #netgalley in exchange for my review. A teenaged boy, suddenly orphaned and on the run, meets a banished priest in the wild. The writing is direct, energetic and heavy on dialect, which puts you right into the character‘s mind. The story also has a strong sense of character and place as well as strong biblical overtones in that it ends in violence and redemption. My only issue is that it gets a little too into minutiae at times. 4⭐️

Redheadrambles Pleased you enjoyed it ! 4y
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Mitch
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#ozfictiongiveaway

Thank you @MrsMalaprop it arrived today. 🙏🙏
Looking forward to it!

MrsMalaprop Oh yay 👏. Can‘t wait to see what you think & how it compares to Breath. Happy Oz reading 🇦🇺. 4y
AceOnRoam This book is brilliant 🖤🖤🖤 4y
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Redheadrambles
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Last day of May and Winter is here ! Here is my #maywrapup. I feel like I read more than this but then I recall I spend time on short stories that I have yet to finish. No contest on best book of the month for me 😀. Although Lullaby and When I hit you were both great.

11/24 on #ReadHarder2018

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MrsMalaprop
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@Mitch #ozfictiongiveaway #winners

A copy of this “rifle-shot of a novel” 😳 (Penguin Books) is making its way to you. It could even arrive in the next couple of days so look out for it. 🤗📚👍

Mitch Will do 🙏 4y
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Redheadrambles
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

@Neale you called it early - I loved this one. Head over heels 😀.

It‘s one of those situations where I can‘t commit to another book for a few days. I hope I have just read a nominee from the 2018 Booker longlist- I would be disappointed if it wasn‘t considered. It‘s a beautifully written “Australian Western” as I like to think of it. So many layers, so much to ponder after you recover from it.

#indiebuddyreads

Neale @Redheadrambles Thrilled that you love it as much as I do. He‘s one of the few authors I can say that I have loved everything he has written. Thoroughly deserves his National Living Treasure title. 😊 4y
ClairesReads Awesome review Trudie- once I have made it through my library books I‘ll be straight onto this. 4y
Redwritinghood Sounds great! I can‘t wait to start it when I‘m done with our current buddy read. 4y
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood looking forward to your thoughts 4y
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Redheadrambles
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Oh yes this is all it was promised to be and this book cover design I absolutely love !

#indiebuddyreads @Neale @AceOnRoam

Neale Awesome.👌😊👌 4y
AceOnRoam Glad you are enjoying it. So quotable, I have heaps of highlighting!!! 4y
ClairesReads Amazing quote! 4y
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AceOnRoam
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I can't wait any longer, I'm diving in!

#ReadingOnRoam
#Indiebuddyreads

mklong Jealous! U.S. release date isn‘t until June 19. 4y
AceOnRoam @mklong not long to wait and I promise not to post any spoilers. 4y
Redheadrambles Awesome 😎 I don‘t think we had a date set did we ? But I am reading this weekend as well woohoo 🎉 4y
AceOnRoam @Redheadrambles no date set, but a lot of pressure lol. I'm loving it though, very stralyan! 4y
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TheRiehlDeal
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Thanks for hosting this giveaway @MrsMalaprop ! I'd like a chance to win the tagged book because I don't think I've ever read a book by an Australian author, so I feel like this book would be a nice place to start.
#ozfictiongiveaway

MrsMalaprop Tim Winton is a great place to start with #ozfiction. Consider yourself in the running 👍. 4y
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Mitch
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Congratulations @MrsMalaprop - such a great idea. I‘ve stacked 2 extra books just thinking about how little Australian fiction I‘ve read. I love Tim Winton. Really enjoyed Breathe and am excited for his new book. #ozfictiongiveaway

MrsMalaprop Excellent choice 😊. You‘re in the running 👍. Saw the movie adaptation of Breath recently. It was very good. 4y
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LapReader
Shepherd's Hut | Tim Winton
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Always ❤️ your posts mate. Congratulations! I‘d like to read the tagged book so I can complete my collection of Tim. I have a love/hate relationship with this author so every book is exciting. I loved him as a teenager, hated him as a young adult but love him again now as a middle age woman.

MrsMalaprop Thanks @LapReader 👍. You‘re in the running 😁. 4y
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Redheadrambles
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The bathtime contemplation of my May / June bookstack ... particularly looking forward to the #indiebuddyreads of The Song of Achilles and Census, oh actually I am looking forward to them all ! With the exception of my Somerset Maugham short stories which have been sent to purgatory...

mklong Haha! I was wondering how long you would unhappily soldier on! Must get my hands on Shepherd‘s Hut when it‘s released here in a few weeks. 4y
Neale Don‘t get any water on those books. Jeeeeeezzzz, talk about living on the edge. The bathroom edge! 😊 @Redheadrambles 4y
ClairesReads Love a good book stack! This is a glorious one! 4y
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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads sometimes I like to just get all my upcoming books and read the first paragraph or so of each as a teaser .... The intro to Census is heartbreaking... 4y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles oh mate! I‘m so ready for it! I‘ve realised I‘ve got so many library books at the moment I‘m going to get WAY BEHIND on Read Harder this month though! 4y
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I think you are pretty good a catching up ! I think I need a technology free weekend where I just read ... as my library stack is growing to fast as well. 4y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I know mine is OUT OF CONTROL 4y
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Neale
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Pickpick

Winton has managed to create one of the most interesting characters I have read in years. Add to this a story which is full of suspense leading to an amazing climax and you get my favourite book of 2018. Truly a must read for Winton fans. 😊

ClairesReads So excited to read this 4y
Redwritinghood I‘ve added it to the tbr! 4y
Redwritinghood I just got approved to review this one on NetGalley! It doesn‘t come out in the US until next month, but I can read it now. 4y
Neale That‘s Fantastic! I hope you love it as much as I did.😊 Make sure you join in the discussion at indiebuddyreads. 😊 4y
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Neale
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GOD IS WHAT YOU DO, NOT WHAT OR WHO YOU BELIEVE IN.

ClairesReads Omg I‘m definitely going to be into this book 4y
Neale @ClairesReads Trudie has set up a post for it on indiebuddyreads. Hope you guys love it as much as me. On last chapter now, it could be my favourite for 2018 so far. 😍 4y
Redwritinghood That is a good quote. 👍🏻👍🏻 4y
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Neale
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Neale @Redwritinghood @Redheadrambles @ClairesReads @AceOnRoam Starting this now. Hope it‘s up to his high standard. 4y
ClairesReads Have a copy of this waiting to be read once I make it through all my library holds 4y
Redheadrambles @Neale I have heard good things and I brought the hardback as well so I hope so !! Can‘t wait to hear from you 4y
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Redheadrambles Lol I think we posted at exactly same moment @ClairesReads 4y
Redheadrambles @Neale can‘t help but admire two of my favourite books of recent times there right next to it .... 4y
Neale @Redheadrambles Yes and I have you to thank for White Tears. 👌 4y
Redwritinghood I haven‘t read any of his books, but keep hearing great things about them. 4y
Neale @Redheadrambles @ClairesReads @Redwritinghood @AceOnRoam OMG. Guys, I don‘t want to put the mocker on it and I am only 30 pages in but this is CLASSIC Winton. I will finish this in one sitting, you can‘t put it down. 😍 4y
Neale Early days, but it feels like five stars. 😄 4y
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MrsMalaprop
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Four of the 13 books I‘ve read so far this year. All of them recently released Western Australian fiction. All of them excellent reads: 2 debuts and 2 by seasoned authors.

I‘ve been pondering....am I just more aware of what‘s out there? Is little old WA (population not geographical size!) punching well above it‘s literary weight? Or am I just biased? 🤷‍♀️

Does it even matter? 😊📚👏

#localfiction #setinmytown #ozfiction

CarolynM I think you're probably right. Joan London is one of yours, too! 4y
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Oh yes, love Joan London. And Extinctions won the Miles Franklin last year. And the recent crime fiction The Ruin that‘s getting a lot of attention. Although I think those authors only reside in WA & were not born here 🤔. 4y
Abailliekaras Loved Shepherds Hut and Taboo. I think you‘re right, wa punching above its weight. I don‘t seem to see many books by SA authors even though similar sized population... although probably lots I‘m missing. 😉 4y
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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Tim Winton has surpassed himself: this stunning novel grabs you from page 1. You know immediately that Jaxie is tough & defiant, but his raw honesty & youth come through (all this in the first few pages). Winton tells a great yarn & makes you care about his characters. The writing is alive & inventive & Jaxie‘s voice authentic with colourful language & droll humour. Masterful. He manages to say, by story alone, much about boys & masculinity.

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Eva_B
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Pickpick

Wow! Gritty and gut wrenching. This book is as unrelentingly fierce as the Australian landscape it is set in.

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MrsMalaprop
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Ok, full disclosure. I am a huge Winton fan. Apart from some of his dubious early play writing, it‘s fair to say I‘ve rated all his work. I know he‘s not for everyone.

This book was a ride. It was brutal. And anyone who reckons Winton doesn‘t know how to do endings, well just try this one on for size.

Aside: there is heavy use of Australian vernacular, so I wonder about the novel‘s global accessibility 🤔. ‘Et‘ for ‘eat‘ even got on MY nerves.

Jeg It was that ending I had to skip read @MrsMalaprop . Beautiful writing but way to graphic and violent. Hope we can get to talk about it next time we meet. 4y
Jeg Oh and I loved the Aussie speak! So many things I hadn‘t heard since we now seem to be “ talking” American. 😊 4y
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MrsMalaprop
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#April80sMovies #CaddyShack Whenever the movie Caddy Shack is mentioned I think of the pool ‘poo‘ scene 💩🤣, so this paragraph from my #currentread seems apt. Read it if you dare!

My current read also fits the #AprilBookishMadness #ChildProtagonist prompt. It‘s not clear how old Jaxie is. He tells people he‘s 17 but they think he‘s more like 15.

Loving this book and wish I could do nothing but read today...

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MrsMalaprop
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#Nextup this beauty. Local (and internationally acclaimed) author Tim Winton has been doing the publicity rounds with his latest novel.

I picked up a signed copy from my local bookstore a couple of weeks ago. I apparently just missed the man himself as he‘d just been in to sign copies.

Can‘t wait to get stuck in 🤗📚😍. Although I am preparing myself for a harrowing read 😬.

#currentlyreading #ozfiction

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Eva_B
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Starting my autographed copy of this one! Tim Winton is one of my favourite authors.

MrsMalaprop Me too 😍👏. 4y
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4ravens
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Winton is a masterful storyteller. I'm still trying to comprehend what I've just finished reading.

MrsMalaprop Just starting it 👏. 4y
4ravens Enjoy @MrsMalaprop 👍 (edited) 4y
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McFarchie
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In desperate need of a Winton fix, so starting this on audio! 🤘🏽

AceOnRoam Ohh how exciting. Please let me know how it goes I'm eager to get to it after finally reading Cloudstreet in January. 4y
CarolynM Looking forward to hearing what you think about this one 4y
AceOnRoam I just saw on The Book Club on Facebook that he's being interviewed on radio national at 10am tomorrow. 4y
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AceOnRoam Any good? 4y
McFarchie @AceOnRoam & @CarolynM it was outstanding IMO. It's a great story. Again Winton nails the Australian psychy. I'd be surprised if it's not shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. 4y
CarolynM Thanks. Stacked 4y
AceOnRoam That's great to hear. My overdrive collection doesn't have it yet but I will ask them to buy it asap. Readings in Carlton are selling signed copies with a chance to win dinner with Winton in lygon st. I'm sure I would dribble my food and not find anything worthy to say.... 4y
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4ravens
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Saturday night, hubby was watching The Revenent, so I made a start on this!

CarolynM I've been reading all the reviews and interviews in the papers. I haven't liked all of his books but this one sounds like it might be good. 4y
4ravens @CarolynM I‘ve only read his newer books Dirt Music, The Turning etc. - really enjoying this one 4y
CarolynM I really enjoyed those 2, especially The Turning. Gave up on Cloudstreet, I just didn't care 4y
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4ravens @CarolynM I also enjoyed Breath and Eyrie, despite the character being unlikeable. I haven't read Cloudstreet - was thinking last night I should try some of his older books. 4y
Jeg @CarolynM nice to hear you gave up on Cloud St as I didn‘t like it and yet it‘s so very popular. My favourite of his is one of his first books The Riders. Try it and see what you think. 4y
CarolynM @Jeg I've always meant to try The Riders but never got there. 4y
4ravens @Jeg thanks for suggesting the Riders, I might have to try it. My masters supervisor has suggested Island Home and Boy behind the Curtain have you read either of these? 4y
Jeg @4ravens I‘ve read Boy behind the Curtain. Worth a read also. 4y
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