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Tim Winton says he didn’t set out to write his latest book about masculinity. Whether you believe that or not -- aren’t all his books about masculinity? -- he certainly couldn’t have predicted his first novel in five years would arrive hot on the heels of the #metoo moment.

And yet, on Friday night he stood in front of a packed crowd at Melbourne Convention Centre -- part of a national promo tour, seats $50 a pop -- and delivered an hour-long sermon on Australian men.