Good Reading : December January 2005
24 goodreading author profile turn turn turn Tim Winton is not impressed by his own fame, nor by the fact that he is about to be whisked away for an interview with the ABC’s Andrew Denton. He’s padding through the foyer of Sydney’s Park Hyatt wearing jeans and a tee shirt, his signature mane flowing glossily down his back. He looks tanned and healthy, and only a little older than when I first met him more than 20 years ago.At that time I was a fledgling literary agent and he was a promising young writer who had won theVogel Award for his first novel An Open Swimmer, and had mightily impressed me with an unforgettable story, ‘My Father’s Axe’, which I could not get out of my head. I wrote to ask if he could use a literary agent – a useful thing if you live out west – and he thought he could.We became friends and enjoyed very satisfactory professional relationship for many years. I have presumed on this long-standing friendship to obtain a rare interview now. After a 20-year gap, TIM WINTON returns to his first love: short stories. It proved to be a nerve- wracking experience as he told CAROLINE LURIE.