JASON STEGER, Age

Tim Winton was only 24 when in 1984 he first won the Miles Franklin, Australia’s most significant prize for literary fiction. He and his wife, Denise, had a colicky baby and no money. “It saved my bacon; it was the cavalry coming over the hill. And that screaming baby we were racoon-eyed from is a young man with several degrees who turns 25 next month.” Last night, after becoming the first writer to win the award in his own right for a fourth time – for his latest novel, Breath – Winton launched a passionate defence of Australian writers and literary culture. Read more here