by Tim Winton
✅ Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Tim Winton is the real thing: a writer who can photograph a thought and rip the beat of a soul off a clothesline” Scotland, Sunday, In the present, Tim Winton is the first collection of short stories, the world he depicts is often hostile and disturbing, populated by isolated, ruthless charactersIt is a world both familiar, filled with the outward signs of home and family, yet also strangely twisted; a world where the casuals of brutality and the unexpected of death are never far from the surface.Obvious in a young girl’s violent mood once the eggs she so jealously guarded finally hatch, or negligence in the indifference of the woman stepping on a soldier’s spreadeagled body, Tim Winton of the world is a place where dysfunction and disorder continue to threaten the balanceBut there is compassion and beauty there is too much to know if it is in the brush of a hand of his father against his son on the cheek, or neighbors patiently waiting to celebrate the arrival of a new babyWinton is noisy and lyrical in turn, his sense of feeling is infallibly accurate, his characters unforgettableThe emotional control exercised over his anarchic world puts Winton in the top drawer of the Australian fiction’ Daily Telegraph `Winton, compassion and humour, writing is nothing less than magnificentIf you can imagine Neighbours supported by John Steinbeck’s and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s editorial team, you are close “Time Out
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