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Island Home : A Landscape Memoir(Hardback) - 2016 Edition Hardcover – 2016
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I grew up on the world's largest island.' From his childhood, Tim Winton's relationship with the landscape around him - Australia's swamps and bush, rockpools, seacaves and scrub - has been as vital as any other connection. Whether camping in hidden inlets, walking in the high rocky desert fringe, or diving at Ningaloo Reef, Winton has felt the place seep into him - its rhythms, its dangers, its strange sustenance. Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the landscape came to be. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia's wild spaces, this book is a passionate call for their conservation, a memoir that urges us all to feel the ground beneath our feet. Tim Winton's Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir, is also available from Picador.
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It may be that many Australians look at the same landscapes as Tim Winton and feel similar emotions and passions. They may love their country just as much as he. But there the comparison ends. Tim Winton's ability to articulate what he is seeing and feeling are without peer. What's more, such is the power of his writing, he leaves the reader feeling that he/she is seeing old familiar landscapes with new eyes and renewed insights.
This is a thought-provoking and brilliantly written memoir - I loved it and will return to it again and again.