If the process of reading this list has done one thing for me it has introduced me to Tim Winton. I thought he was a bit of a douche, undservedly because I didn't know anything about him really except that he was very successful and a lot of wanky people talked about him a lot. I think that it might have been cultural cringe.
Dirt Music was fantastic, the story of three damaged people, Georgie, her partner and Jim and the man she leaves him for, the cursed Luther fox. Set again, as was parts of Cloud Street on the beautiful rugged coast of Western Australia, this book is told with a true Australian voice (by a New Zealander turned Aussie). Georgie trying to find herself, fleeing from her past lives. Jim, trying to live up to the legend of his family and father and Luther, having loved and lost so hideously are all trying to find their way.
Dirt Music is visceral, poignant, telling, emotional, dirty and so real that it hurts to read it. It's hard to put down and at times I just hated reading it.
I have lent my copy to a friend and I would recommend this one to anyone for sure!