This book was another buy from the Book Fair. The book was published in 1994 but I had not read it. The last Tim Winton book I read was Dirt Music, which I loved. I loved this book too.
The book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1995. The prize was won by The Ghost Road by Pat Barker.
“Fred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport, anxious to see his wife and seven-year-old daughter. After two years in Europe they are finally settling down. He sees a new life before them, a stable outlook, and a cottage in the Irish countryside that he’s renovated by hand. He’s waited, sweated on this reunion. He does not like to be alone – he’s that kind of man. The flight lands, the glass doors hiss open, and Scully’s life begins to go down in flames.”
It is difficult to review this book without giving away too much of the plot. It is a beautifully written book and one that I would highly recommend.
You can find a detailed review here.