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Dirt Music
Written by:
Tim Winton 
Read by:
Suzi Dougherty 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
11 hours 45 minutes 
February 01 2022 
Available Date:
February 01 2022 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction 
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International bestseller
Award winning author
Australian author
Western Australian author

Winner Miles Franklin Literary Award 2002
Winner NSW Premier's Literary Awards / Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2002
Shortlisted The Man Booker Prize 2002
Winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 2001
Winner Good Reading Award 2001
Shortlisted Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize / Fiction 2002

Tim Winton's classic love song to land and place, full of unforgettable characters, is now a feature film starring Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Macdonald and David Wenham.

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At 40, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Leached of all confidence, she spends her days in isolated tedium and her nights in a blur of vodka self-recrimination. One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she sees, a shadow drifting up the beach below – a loner called Luther Fox, with danger in his wake.

'Winton keeps writing fiction that makes the novel feel alive to a continent of possibilities.'
Evening Standard

"As a reader, what I love about Winton's books are his characters. Flawed, complex, and very human, they make the story for me in all of his books. Listening to an audio version of Dirt Music, I found myself focusing on the dialogue, which is plain and circumspect. As a result, it took a lot longer for me to engage with the book when listening than it ever has when reading. In the end, however, the audio version was incredibly powerful. When you're riding on a suburban train on a dark Melbourne autumn night, the evocation of Winton's hot, dry, windy Western Australia—as told through Suzi Dougherty's incredible narration—is so powerful. I found myself slitting my eyes against the sun in the middle of the night and waiting until the last possible minute to switch the iPod off and stop the book, just so I could snatch an extra few seconds of the story. Twelve hours seemed a huge time commitment in the beginning, but once I engaged with the narrative, the book just flew. Dougherty's Georgie Jutland is perfectly voiced and her narration captures the other, very Australian, characters beautifully. Dirt Music would make a fantastic accompaniment to a driving holiday. 4 stars."
Australian Bookseller & Publisher

"Literary fiction from a highly respected Australian novelist. Shortlisted for the 2002 Booker Prize. A novel of lives stifled by grief and regret, set in the wild landscape of Western Australia. Written in seemingly effortless prose that never puts a foot wrong."
The Sunday Times

"Georgie Jutland, a risk-taker who drinks too much, is almost happy living with widowed lobsterman Jim Buckridge. Then she meets Luther Fox, a former musician who makes his living as an illegal fisherman. When Luther runs to Australia's tropical wilderness to escape trouble, Georgie follows. What then takes place is an unusual love story by one of Australia's most distinguished novelists. Suzi Dougherty offers a nice range of Australian voices, which help color the characters' words. Her relaxed "cocktail-time" style perfectly suits the moody story. Well done."
AudioFile Magazine

'Mr Winton's prose is irresistible.'
The New York Times Book Review

'Winton is not a great Australian novelist; he is a great novelist, full stop.'
The Times

'A terrific novel. Winton's best yet.'
Kirkus Reviews