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The Boy Behind the Curtain

The Boy Behind the Curtain (Paperback)

By Winton, Tim

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'Being a copper's son, I've always got one eye out for trouble. I can't help it. But I don't go looking for it anymore.' In Tim Winton's fiction, chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control. Winton's own life has also been... shaped by havoc. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision. They show the unexpected links between car crashes and religious faith, between surfing and writing, and how going to the wrong movie at the age of eight opened him up to a life of the imagination. And in writing about class, fundamentalism, asylum seekers, guns and the natural world, he presents not only the concerns that have made him the much-loved writer he is, but some of what unites the life and the work. By turns impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing, this is Winton's most personal book to date, an insight into the man who's held us enthralled for three decades and helped us reshape our view of ourselves. Behind it all, from risk-taking youth to surprise-averse middle age, has been the crazy punt of staking everything on becoming a writer. 'Both brutally honest and entertaining, The Boy Behind the Curtain is a powerful excavation of those charged moments that make up a life - joyous, traumatic and transformational. All the markers of Winton's fiction are here- the dark realism, the unflinching eye, the humour and the connection with place ...An inspirational read.' readings.com.au 'A dazzling book, full of wisdom and wonder ...with a staggering, effortless sense of drama wherever you pick it up ...No one is better than Tim Winton at giving dramatic substance to the interface between art and life ...This is a rich and brilliant book.' Peter Craven, Australian Book Review 'The Boy Behind the Curtain roots you to the spot, forces you to ask questions - about yourself, about the way we live. Sinewy and lyrical by turns, Winton's is an authentic Australian voice to trumpet to a world audience.' Morag Fraser, Australian Book Review 'He makes complex art seem simple ...A body of nonfiction work that is (unsurprisingly) beautiful and brilliant and provocative, and (surprisingly) revealing . ..It is this sight of the sacred in the ordinary that probably accounts for some part of why Winton's writing recedes from his imitators' reach.' Malcolm Knox, Sydney Morning Herald 'That Winton's nonfiction is as lyrical as his fiction goes without saying.' The Guardian (Australia) 'A contemplative book ...You also reach its end with a particular sense of how this particular man experiences life - metaphorically, philosophically. How he carries things; how he feels them ...He acknowledges wonder. He ackn
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ISBN 9780143785996
Published AU 14 Aug 2017
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780143785996
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Australia
Published 14 Aug 2017
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Winton, Tim
Category True Stories
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 828
Weight 282g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade