Tim Winton talks to John Williams at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Only dreamers or the desperate would cross the vast saltland deserts of Western Australia. So which is Jaxie Clacton, the lonely boy at the heart of Tim Winton’s brutal, tender novel The Shepherd’s Hut? It’s a masterful work by one of the world’s greatest living novelists. To celebrate Winton’s first appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival since 1993, he joins John Williams, Daily Books editor and writer for The New York Times, to look back over an oeuvre that includes classics such as Dirt Music, Cloudstreet and Breath. This event was filmed live at the 2019 Edinbrugh International Book Festival.

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