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Lobsters love triangles and bigots - its a hell of a movieDirt MusicTim WintonPicador 1599 pp461In more than 20 years as a professional writer Australian Tim Winton has done a lot for the sake of money Thats no shocking thing in itself Winton lived off A1000 advance for each of his first three novels so he will have had to do something to get by And he has since his debut novel An Open Swimmer written at the age of 19 earned him the 1981 AustralianVogel Award he has published another 16 works including Booker-Prize nominated The Riders Cloudstreet which won the Miles Franklin Award Australias most prestigious prize of which Winton is a two-time winner and his Lockie Leonard childrens seriesOf the Lockie books Winton has said that he wrote them as much to recapture the feelings I had at 12 to 14 as for money because writing is my only marketable skill With Dirt Music Winton has successfully reworked that skill to write a novel so cinematic you suspect he wouldnt mind if it fetched a pretty little sum for the film rightsDirt Music is a slow starter but then when we meet her for the first time Georgie Jutland is barely afloat on a sea of vodka After a night spent surfing the net her morning is a miasma of disillusionment hurt and anger at having been bumped by the server Once a nurse Georgie is now a full-time wife to fisherman Jim Buckridge and stepmother to his two sons Josh and BradOn that November morning Georgie stares out to sea stirring memories of her work in a Saudi Arabian hospital memories that come back to haunt her She stares out to see mysterious movements in the dark a truck and trailer and an unmarked boat being launched with stealth Its a moment of unscripted action in White Point the fishing town virtually run by Jim and the family legendWhite Point is
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