The Boy Behind the Curtain

The Boy Behind the Curtain

Tim Winton / Jan 24, 2020

The Boy Behind the Curtain The remarkable true stories in The Boy Behind the Curtain reveal an intimate and rare view of Tim Winton s imagination at work and play A chronicler of sudden turnings brutal revelations and tender s

  • Title: The Boy Behind the Curtain
  • Author: Tim Winton
  • ISBN: 9781489358325
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The remarkable true stories in The Boy Behind the Curtain reveal an intimate and rare view of Tim Winton s imagination at work and play A chronicler of sudden turnings, brutal revelations and tender sideswipes, Tim Winton has always been in the business of trouble In his novels chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond theirThe remarkable true stories in The Boy Behind the Curtain reveal an intimate and rare view of Tim Winton s imagination at work and play A chronicler of sudden turnings, brutal revelations and tender sideswipes, Tim Winton has always been in the business of trouble In his novels chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control But as these extraordinarily powerful memoirs show, the abrupt and the headlong are old familiars to the author himself, for in many ways his has been a life shaped by havoc.In The Boy Behind the Curtain Winton reflects on the accidents, traumatic and serendipitous, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision On 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 essays on class, fundamentalism, asylum seekers, guns and the natural world he reveals not only the incidents and 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.

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      • Tim Winton

        Tim Winton was born in Perth, Western Australia, but moved at a young age to the small country town of Albany.While a student at Curtin University of Technology, Winton wrote his first novel, An Open Swimmer It went on to win The Australian Vogel Literary Award in 1981, and launched his writing career In fact, he wrote the best part of three books while at university His second book, Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984 It wasn t until Cloudstreet was published in 1991, however, that his career and economic future were cemented.In 1995 Winton s novel, The Riders, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, as was his 2002 book, Dirt Music Both are currently being adapted for film He has won many other prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award three times for Shallows 1984 , Cloudstreet 1992 and Dirt Music 2002 Cloudstreet is arguably his best known work, regularly appearing in lists of Australia s best loved novels His latest novel, released in 2013, is called Eyrie.He is now one of Australia s most esteemed novelists, writing for both adults and children All his books are still in print and have been published in eighteen different languages His work has also been successfully adapted for stage, screen and radio On the publication of his novel, Dirt Music, he collaborated with broadcaster, Lucky Oceans, to produce a compilation CD, Dirt Music Music for a Novel.He has lived in Italy, France, Ireland and Greece but currently lives in Western Australia with his wife and three children.


    1. 5★“I credit surfing with getting me through adolescence. When I was lonely, confused and angry, the ocean was always there, a vast salty poultice sucking the poison from my system.”From his earliest memories with his working class family in rural Western Australia to his international success as an author, Tim Winton shares his musings on childhood (as “the boy behind the curtain” lining up the neighbours with a rifle!*), surfing and snorkling (testing himself to extremes by holding hi [...]

    2. As I've professed before, Tim Winton is my favourite Australian author.I had the good fortune to get The Boy Behind the Curtain (and six others) signed by him at the launch of this book, in October 2016 (there's a photo with Winton himself in my profile - don't mind the star struck, giddy, tired me). As I'm busy with other reading commitments, I've listened to the audio of this book, which was read by Winton himself.I was made to believe that this was a memoir, but it's more of a collection of e [...]

    3. He's a living national treasure. In his fiction Tim Winton takes the pulse of what has and does make us tick as Australians, particularly those of us who grew up on our nation's great littoral and away from the mega-cities. He connects us to the sea – and to where the bush or desert meets the sea. His books, like the television series such as the iconic 'SeaChange' and these days '800 Words', despite the latter being set in NZ, help nurture the urge to make our own lives more elemental, less d [...]

    4. Tim Winton is an Australian literary legend. His writing career (which has produced twenty-eight books, as well as numerous essays and short stories) began with winning the Australian Vogel Award in 1981 for his first published book, An Open Swimmer. In 1984, his second novel, Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award. In fact, he has won the Miles Franklin Award (arguably Australia’s most prestigious literature prize) a record four times. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice and am [...]

    5. Through the whole year, the best piece of advice eventually comes from the teacher of my final literature class at school. She's almost tearfully imparting some last minute advice before Leavers The classic beer/grass/arse rule, a vital survival technique for all who call themselves Australian No pingas to be taken from people you don't know And tenderly, she tells us this; to try everything while you're young, while you're still energetic and eager to learn and people will give you the chance. [...]

    6. This Winton's expose captured me from the outset and reminded me of his great strength as a master story-teller. In part, this book was so compelling in its early sections because it resonated so strongly with my own childhood and adolescent experiences that I felt I was reading about what happened to me growing up rather than what happened to Winton.I recalled the influence of Sunday School and church in shaping my sense of self and I laughed at loud when I read about Betsy the Hillman Minx sed [...]

    7. What is being touted as an 'autobiography' by publishers is really just a collection of autobiographical essays that have been collected in one volume, but that doesn't mean it isn't any good. Winton is always at his best when he writes about water - whether it be the rivers in Cloudstreet or the ocean in Shallows and Breath - and the writing in his stories about surfing, water conservation, sharks and whales are breathtakingly beautiful and totally immersive.

    8. This was a pleasant surprise. Can't say I liked all of the short stories, but many were real gems. I especially enjoyed reading Remembering Elizabeth Jolley and Lighting Out. A bit of an insight to the life of Tim Winton. Maybe it helps to live in Western Australia to give the stories more meaning. Well worth reading.

    9. I have loved every minute of reading this book with my ears, especially as it was read to me by Mr Winton himself. There was a sense of the familiar in nearly every story and I joyfully found the origins of many of his books. Yes I admit it, I am a Tim Winton Tragic, but who can blame me. If you love words strung together in ways that sing to you you will love Mr Wintons workSummary of each story1. The boy behind the curtain. Incredible insight into the teenage years and how a life can be altere [...]

    10. Sometimes Tim Winton blows me out of the water with his writing. Other times I'm left scratching my head in bewilderment and bewutherment (thanks Bilbo).However The Boy Behind the Curtain definitely falls into the OMG I love this man and his writing to bits camp.I savoured each and every essay in this book. Most were deeply personal and memoir-ish in style, while others were more factual as Winton described his passion for environmental issues and gave us some insights into the writing process.P [...]

    11. A collection of essays and memoir pieces from a beloved Aussie Great. It doesn't have the punch and flow of his fiction, but this collection is still a solid read. Favourites were the stories of the sea, whether about sharks, surfing, fishing, or just musing about the ocean. The one about Ireland was interesting, but, unexpectedly, I felt he missed the spirit of the place. Maybe this place called home is what fuels him best.I admit to skipping a couple--the one on Ningaloo Reef and Elizabeth Jol [...]

    12. I always love reading Tim Winton. It reminds me so much of my own life and childhood (maybe because he’s the only author from Perth and Albany that I’ve read). Can’t help but agree that this has been forced out by a publisher for a quick buck which takes away from the pleasure of reading it a bit.

    13. Beautifully written anecdotes, memories and essays from one of our most consistent writers. A wise and thoughtful eco-warrior

    14. I really enjoyed this collection of writings by one of my favourite authors, fellow sandgroper and all-round admirable human being. Learning a bit more about Tim, his childhood and his views on current issues was a real treat.

    15. Some great pieces with different styles, topics and themes. Did feel it was a bit self indulgent - I'm a living legend now so I can release a collection of scraps & sell it for $50. But in a way then I think good on him!

    16. Although I don't always like Winton's novels, I love his writing, and this book is full of beautiful gems. The book is a series of essays, observations, stories about growing up. One of my favourites is titled 'Repatriation' where Winton describes a trip to Mount Gibson Station, land which is being returned to its original pre-pastoral state, with the reintroduction of a range of small marsupials previously found in the area. It was inspiring to read of the work being done, and contained gems of [...]

    17. I certainly rate this book as 5 stars, not one. So glad to have another of Tim's work to read. Want to pass this on to friends, and family to read and enjoy, as well as shout out the messages about conservation, welcoming refugees, and using the c word to begin with. I relate to his own experience in travelling in the Hillman as a kid, and enjoyed finding out about Elizabeth Jolley as she was a favourite of mine. It's interesting to consider the tyranny of distance experienced by the West, parti [...]

    18. A collection of Winton's writings ranging from his family background through to polemics on conservation and class. Winton's writing shines best when showing us his background through the eyes of his family but his passion for conservation and politics is less convincing. He uses stats to back up his claims but does not reference them which I found annoying given today's proclivity for less than authentic 'facts' so I would like to see that he has used authoritative sources. Obviously a 'contrac [...]

    19. I enjoyed reading this mix of essays/observations from the perspective of the language and insights into how much of Winton's life is tied up in his stories. That said, I think I prefer how his imagination takes off into fiction from this springboard.Nonetheless fascinating look at the author's life in suburban and small town Western Australia, the environment, his family alongside class, education and his experience of accidents & risk taking

    20. A couple of thoroughly enjoyable short stories, written in classic Winton phrasing, transporting you to the depths of familiarity. Some didn't interest me greatly, but memoirs and personal anecdotes written well always provide great insight.

    21. Loved all the stories and was very thought provoking. Felt a bit robbed that this was sold as a book - I wish I'd just been sent all the links to the stories when they were published in various magazines.

    22. The book is an interesting collection of stories from Tim's past. It is almost like a disjointed, autobiography, written in mid-life.

    23. “Late in the day we step out into the withering heat. Most of the sting has gone from the sun but the air is still so hot it’s like trying to inhale a fluffy towel fresh from the tumble dryer. The hard red dirt is radiant. The spinifex sweats its oily musk. At noon it was 53.3 in the sun and 49.9 in what little shade there is out here on the floodplain.”Yes, this is an autobiography, but it is more a collection of essays on various episodes and events of his life, brought together. There w [...]

    24. I read this book at an opportune time. On the floor beside my bed lies Tim Winton’s book ‘The Boy Behind the Window’. My wife bought this for me at Christmas and there I go, lazily seeing it stand unread for months. Perhaps intuition about the powerful memories I know it will stir. I live in Melbourne but once I lived in the West - Fremantle to be exact and for some time sat behind Tim and his wife in the pews of our local church. Not always there, eventually I left for London and when I r [...]

    25. I am an acolyte of Tim Winton. I started reading his books back in the 1980s when he was a “Young and upcoming author.” In the media’s eyes he has only recently shed the “young” label and when you read “The Boy Behind the Curtain” you realize he is now a 56-year-old grandfather.I think I have all of the books he has published and when a new one comes onto the market it becomes a “must buy” for me.Initially I assumed that this book was a collection of stories from his boyhood wi [...]

    26. Surely the most likeable man in modern letters. A breeze, all told. Some good anecdotes, a bit of urgent political polemic and quite enlightening on the writing process. I'd never heard of Elizabeth Jolley. Or Leap Castle. Neither did I didn't realise Winton was a little bit God squad (not exactly squad) - but he carries it well. I like the idea of being in a place where all the stories have been told (Ireland, in his example) and needing to find your own spot. Must read more about Whitlam too.

    27. Perhaps because I am of an age that remembers many of the situations and causes that Tim Winton reflects upon, I related well to the content of this memoir. That aside, Tim Winston’s rich and persuasive writing is a joy to read. Immersing myself in his prophetic prose recapture the essence of years and causes now eclipsed and left me the better for having reflected on his story, my story, God’s story.

    28. This book is a boon to lovers of Winton's writing but it has much to appeal to people of broad interests with chapters about conservation, nature (particularly the sea and the coast), religion, art, politics and class.As always his humanity comes to the fore, he seems to fall naturally on the right and humane side of any issue. The chapter Using the C-Word, about class in Australia, was one of my favourites.

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