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Scission (MP3)
Written by:
Tim Winton 
Read by:
Samuel Johnson 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
4 hours 47 minutes 
MP3 size:
208 MB 
August 15 2022 
Available Date:
August 15 2022 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction; Short Stories & Anthologies 
Bolinda audio 
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AUD$ 29.95
AUD$ 29.95

Bestselling author
Australian author

Winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards / Fiction 1985

Award-winning author Tim Winton's first collection of short fiction contains spare, jagged stories in which people struggle with change and disintegration.

The world Tim Winton paints in Scission is often harsh and disturbing, inhabited by isolated, unforgiving characters. It is a world at once familiar, filled with the trappings of home and family, and yet also strangely twisted – a world where casual brutality and unexpected death are never far from the surface. Evident in a young girl’s violent temper once the eggs she has so jealously guarded finally hatch, or in the careless indifference of the woman stepping over a soldier’s spreadeagled body, Tim Winton’s world is a place where dysfunction and disorder constantly threaten the equilibrium. But there is compassion and beauty there too – whether it’s in the brush of a father’s hand against his young son’s cheek, or the neighbours who wait patiently to celebrate the arrival of a new baby.

‘Winton is boisterous and lyrical by turns; his sense of sentiment is unerringly accurate, his characters unforgettable. The emotional control exercised over his anarchic world puts Winton in the top drawer of Australian fiction.’
The Daily Telegraph

‘Winton’s compassionate and humorous writing is nothing short of magnificent. If you can imagine Neighbours taken over by the writing team of John Steinbeck and Gabriel García Márquez, you’re close.'
Time Out

‘Tim Winton is the real thing: a writer who can photograph a thought and pluck out the beat of a soul on a washing line.'
Scotland on Sunday

'Celebrated Australian author Tim Winton's eclectic story collection is intense and well performed in this audiobook. And Samuel Johnson is all-in as the narrator: He can veer from growling to shouting in a heartbeat, then return to a soft murmur the next second. His accent fits Winton's setting and style seamlessly. As the author examines the essence of the human experience, an expansive array of emotions consistently cycles through the text, and Johnson's investment in his performance makes them readily accessible to listeners. Sometimes that kind of intensity can be overwhelming; indeed, the stories may well be better enjoyed one at a time, rather than all in one sitting. Nonetheless, this audiobook is well done and worth a listen.'