by Tim Winton (2001)
I went through a stage of really loving Tim Winton, and while I still think he's great, it's been a while since I read one of his books. Dirt Music was my last, I think, and I really enjoyed it. A well-rounded, uniquely Australian, beautifully written story.
Set on the coast of Western Australia, like most of Winton's stories, Dirt Music follows Luther Fox, a tragic figure mourning his family while poaching lobster traps, and Georgie Jutland a retired nurse, as their paths meet and they become 'inextricably linked', as they say.
A powerful story about nostalgia and family, and buried memories, that unravels at increasing speed towards an exciting finale. Well worth reading, especially as an introduction to the author.
So what did you play?
I mean, what kind of music?
Oh, I dunno. All kinds, I spose. Anything you could play on a verandah. You know, without electricity. Dirt music.