Tim Winton grew up on the coast of Western Australia, where he continues to live. He is the author of eighteen books. His epic novel "Cloudstreet" was adapted for the theater and has been performed around the world. His two most recent novels, "Dirt Music" and "The Riders", were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has won the prestigious Miles Franklin Award three times, and in 1998 the Australian National Trust declared Winton a national living treasure. "The Turning" has already won the 2005 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction.