Brian Matthews reviews 'Eyrie' by Tim Winton

Brian Matthews reviews 'Eyrie' by Tim Winton

Eyrie

by Tim Winton

Hamish Hamilton, $45 hb, 424 pp, 9781926428536

Tim Winton’s Eyrie begins with one word standing alone like a defiant minimalist paragraph: ‘So.’

Not so strange, because ‘so’ is a popular, usually sarcastic or ironic opening gambit in the argot of twenty-first-century Letters to the Editor – ‘So Tony Abbott has refused to …’; ‘So Michael Clark thinks his team can …’, etc. – and likewise many of the Twittersphere’s strangled aperçus begin or pick up some imagined, assumed, or phantom continuity with ‘so’.

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Published in November 2013 no. 356
Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews is the author of short stories, essays, and biographies. He was a weekly columnist for the Weekend Australian Magazine (1997–2001) and has been a monthly columnist for Eureka Street since 1997. His memoir A Fine and Private Place (2000) won the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Award for non-fiction and his Manning Clark: A Life (2008) won the National Biography Award in 2010.