Dirt Music – Tim Winton

A fantasitc modern Australian novel, which starts in a town north or Perth, and then sets off along the sparsely populated coast of Western Australia, heading into the poisonous hinterland around the mining town of Wittenoom en route to Broome and the Kimberley, and thence onwards to the northern coastline between there and Kununurra. Placenames which will be all the more meaningful if you’ve been to this part of the world, and could inspire you to visit if you have not.

The landscapes Tim Winton crafts en route is simply a backdrop to the lives of the characters living their lives in these remote parts, where life is more like the Wild West than Home and Away. And all the better for that.

One of the best novels I’ve read this year.

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