Scission and Other Stories

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First edition
(publ. McPhee Gribble
"A Penguin Original")[1]

Scission and Other Stories, sometimes simply Scission, is a 1985 collection of short stories by multi award winning Australian author Tim Winton.

It won the 1985 Western Australian Council Literary Award and was 1985 Joint Winner Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction.


This was Winton's first collection of stories.[2] There are 13 short stories:[3]


A blow, a kiss

Getting ahead

My father's axe


Lantern stalk

Thomas Awkner floats



A measure of eloquence

The oppressed

The woman at the wheel


The stories are described as, " ... spare, jagged stories in which people struggle with change and disintegration ... These startling stories deal with men, women and children whose lives are coming apart and whose hearts are breaking. Honest, beautiful, shattering tales - vintage Winton."[3]


The title Scission describes the action or state of cutting or being cut and each of the stories has this theme of tearing apart involving family, neighbours and strangers.[5] T


1985 Western Australian Council Literary Award[6]

1985 Joint Winner Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction[6]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Scission and Other Stories". ABC Shop. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Scission". Penguin. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Scission andf other stories". University of Toronto. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Scission by Tim Winton: 366 Days of Writing". The NSW Writers Centre. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Tim Winton Author Bio". Booktopia. Retrieved 19 January 2017.