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After traveling through Europe for two years, Scully and his wife Jennifer wind up in Ireland, and on a mystical whim of Jennifer's, buy an old farmhouse which stands in the shadow of a castle. While Scully spends weeks alone renovating the old house, Jennifer returns to Australia to liquidate their assets. When Scully arrives at Shannon Airport to pick up Jennifer and their seven-year-old daughter, Billie, it is Billie who emerges — alone. There is no note, no explanation, not so much as a word from Jennifer, and the shock has left Billie speechless. In that instant, Scully's life falls to pieces.

The Riders is a superbly written and a darkly haunting story of a lovesick man in a vain search for a vanished woman. It is a powerfully accurate account of marriage today, of the demons that trouble relationships, of resurrection found in the will to keep going, in the refusal to hold on, to stand still. The Riders is also a moving story about the relationship between a loving man and his tough, bright daughter.

Synopsis:

Anticipating the arrival of his wife and child in Ireland, Fred Scully is devastated when his little girl appears alone at the airport. She carries no note, and offers no explanation for her mother's absence. As father and daughter frantically search Europe for the woman who has mysteriously abandoned them, Tim Winton paints a searing portrait of how one love destroys a man--and another saves him. "Satisfies on every level".--The Washington Post Book World.

About the Author

Tim Winton

Tim Winton was born in 1960 in Perth, Western Australia, where he grew up amid

a landscape to which he is still inextricably tied: the untouched white beaches, the

gray-blue range of hills. He says, "You can never free yourself from the landscape; the

minute you turn away, it starts reaching for your imagination again. It's often said that

people make God in their own image and likeness. They forget the way that God is

camouflaged against the environment. Wherever incarnated, God is also hidden."

All his adult life he was told he was European, but when he traveled to Europe

for the first time he understood that he is not, that in reality, he is Australian. "The

landscape where my grandparents and my parents and I had grown up had

changed us from whatever the people in my family were when they first got to

these shores....Whatever they were like then, isn't who we are now. The land has

affected us."

"Right from the start I was aware of my own strange geographic isolation.

Western Australia is a huge and remote region, a long way from the cultural and

publishing centers of Australia, not to mention Europe and the U.S.A. I was twenty

years younger than most people publishing books, and this fact, along with where

I lived, made me something of an oddity. In my twenties I found myself writing

books while helping to raise three children and somehow I survived both

experiences without leaving my own region."

The Riders is about Scully, a man dislocated from his native land of Australia.

Its genesis came from a period at the end of the 1980s where, granted a

scholarship by a private Australian foundation, Winton and his family lived for a

long time in Paris, then in the Irmah Midland, and finally on the Greek island of

Hydra in the Saronic Gulf. "My wife did not disappear and I didn't undergo the

kind of ordeal that I grimly put mycharacter through," he says. He remembers

though, leaving the manuscript of another novel on a bus in Rome, and worse,

helping his wife suture his son's scalp where a dog had mauled him in Greece.

Young Winton was first attracted to writing through the stories from his church.

"It's narrative nature appealed to me instantly," he says. "I think that was

probably my education in a way." In addition, he read voraciously books from the

town library where his mother took him once or twice a week, and from a beach

house which had one room wall to ceiling with books.

Winton knew from an early age that he would be a writer. "I guess I decided

to be a writer at age ten. Until then, I wanted to be a cop, like my father, but I

think I saw what a hard and joyless life that could be, so I went for what I

imagined to be a softer option. I was very clear and dogmatic about it," he says.

"I can still remember insisting that I would be a writer and arguing about it with

a teacher who wouldn't take it seriously. For some reason, I was possessed of this

focus." He wrote stories and poems and drew pictures, most likely, he says, to

adorn his world. "In a lot of ways I was compensating for the plainness of my

culture," he says. "The absence of color in both my church and culture seems like

a gift in retrospect, rather than a handicap."

By the age of sixteen, he was submitting stories and poems to magazines. He

says, "I had all the walls and half the ceiling papered with rejection slips from

magazines in the shed I lived in at the back of my parents place. But sooner or

later I got good enough." Which was certainly true — during his late teens he

began to be published in national magazines. By the time Winton was nineteen

years old he wrote and published his first novel, An Open Swimmer which won

the Australian/Vogel National Literary Award. The money from thishelped to

begin life as a professional writer. He did attend university for four years,

describing himself as a hopeless student, but nonetheless managed to write two

novels and numerous stories during that time.

Winton quickly became a sophisticated writer with a great following — a rarity

in Australia. That Eye, The Sky has become one of Winton's most popular books.

He has twice won the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary

award, for Shallows (1984) and Cloudstreet (1991). In addition, much of

Winton's work has been adapted for stage and film.

Tim Winton lives with his wife and children in Western Australia, where he

grew up, and where he continues to write. He remarks on his profession "It is an

odd business — sitting in a room writing about people who don't exist for people

I may never meet. It's wonderful to communicate with strangers this way, from

an isolated coast s

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David Bingham, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by David Bingham)
The first time I have read this Australian author. Greatly absorbing. Impossible to label until the final pages. And then, maybe not
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684822778
Author:
Winton, Tim
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Ireland Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 11.27 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Anticipating the arrival of his wife and child in Ireland, Fred Scully is devastated when his little girl appears alone at the airport. She carries no note, and offers no explanation for her mother's absence. As father and daughter frantically search Europe for the woman who has mysteriously abandoned them, Tim Winton paints a searing portrait of how one love destroys a man--and another saves him. "Satisfies on every level".--The Washington Post Book World.
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