Just a quick post before I head off to our nation’s capital for the weekend to celebrate my nephew’s second birthday.

tim_winton_193x300I whooped for joy and threw my arms up in the air in our favourite café at breakfast this morning because I heard on the radio that Tim Winton had won the Miles Franklin Award for Breath. I’m so pleased.  The more I read of him the more his talent amazes me, makes me try harder, work longer, breathe deeper, and keep pushing on. He’s amazing. As much as I enjoyed The Slap overall, ultimately, for me, it was a disappointing read. The female characters just didn’t do it for me.

I’m on a Toni Morrison diet right now, so Mr. Winton will have to wait a bit for my next foray into his stuff. I’m not sure why the Morrison diet, it’s just where my heart is at right now I guess. I’ve just written a rather leftist, feminist short story that no doubt my mother will love, but not sure at this stage about anyone else! Did Morrison inspire it? I guess so!

Anyway, I best be off and pack my bag, because this gorgeous fella awaits me. JJ005

See you on the other side of the weekend!



Filed under Art, Australia, Family, Fiction, Inspirational, Love, Motherhood, My Book, Reading, Review, Short Stories, Tim Winton, Women/Feminist, Writing

8 responses to “Breathing

  1. Rug up! It will be cold in Canberra.


  2. Oh, I adored Breath! That’s great news (I did really enjoy The Slap, but I’d be interested to know if your frustrations with it were at all similar to mine). Winton is a deserving winner, and that’s always pleasing.

    If you have a little cutie-pie in Canberra who’s turning two, then you must get up there a bit, so you must already know this, but Paul is right – it’s freezing this time of year. Pack the wool and have a great weekend!


    • Hmm, I feel a Slap discussion cometh!

      My nephew is ridiculously advanced for 2! He speaks whole sentences and has no worries at all with words like ‘Melbourne’ and ‘Whoops-a-daisy’! Too cute!


  3. Awww. He is gorgeous! Have a ball. I got a bit frustrated with the narrow lense of Breath, though I enjoyed it overall. I wanted more of his (narrator’s) parents and other peripheral characters.


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