Madeleine Minson

Original Sins

The Turning


Picador 317pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

In The Turning, Tim Winton returns to the short-story format after a series of novels, and a triumphant return it is. The seventeen overlapping tales in this collection are, like much of his fiction, set in small-town Western Australia. The town of Angelus and its environs is the kind of place where ‘making it to forty’s an achievement’, as people drown in swamps, get hooked on drink, murder their partners, or quite simply self-destruct. If they don’t leave, that is – and that doesn’t tend to work out very well either.

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