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Tim Winton’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Riders is being adapted into a feature film.

The novel, written in 1995, follows Australian expatriate Fred Scully as he anxiously awaits the landing of his wife and seven-year-old daughter at an international airport arrival gate. After living in Europe for two years, the family are finally settling down, and Fred sees a new life for them in a small cottage in the Irish countryside that he has renovated by hand.

But when the flight lands and the glass doors part, Scully’s life begins to go down in flames. And so begins an odyssey across Europe – a journey through the nightmarish underworld of the mind, heart, and soul of a man separated from the ones he loves by desperation, terror, and need.

The novel is a psychological suspense thriller, with themes, characters, and lyrically charged prose that will no doubt translate beautifully onto the screen. Tim Winton himself has confirmed this – ‘Of all my novels it always seemed to me that The Riders was by far the most cinematic, so this is very welcome news. With a screenwriter like David Kajganich and a producer like Ridley Scott, this could be a great adaptation and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.’

This exciting news comes as filming for Tim Winton’s 2002 novel Dirt Music begins in Western Australia this week, meaning that we can now look forward to two Tim Winton adaptations gracing our screens in the coming years.

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      Publisher details

      The Riders
      Tim Winton
      01 August, 1994


      Fred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport, anxious to see his wife and daughter. After two years in Europe they are finally settling down. He sees a new life before them, a stable outlook again, a fresh start, a cottage in the Irish countryside that he's renovated by hand. He's waited, sweated on this reunion. He does not like to be alone – he's that kind of man.The flight lands, the doors at the airport hiss open . . . Scully's life falls apart.Shortlisted for the 1995 Booker PrizeAt its breaking heart is a fearless exploration of how well we can ever really know each other . . . Winton is not a great Australian novelist; he is a great novelist full stop.' The Times (London)'Winton has forced a different kind of thinking about men and their imperatives, about the value and meaning of action . . . The Riders is a grand, poised, metaphorical reconciliation.' Sydney Morning Herald'There is more feeling in this book than can ever be paraphrased.' Village Voice 'The Riders is about painful process of learning to live without illusions, without false anticipation . . . Furious and vital . . . a celebration - of the messiness of life and of the force of good fiction.' The Guardian 'Vivid and rewarding . . . Encompasses and transcends all the known world.' Thomas Keneally#51 in  Australia's Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads#69 in ABC My Favourite Book 
      Tim Winton
      About the author

      Tim Winton

      Tim Winton has published twenty-five books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia. His most recent novel is Eyrie, released October 2013.

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