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Breath by Tim Winton
  

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Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 26 May. This book captures the awkwardness of youth along with the naivety and the boldness. Boys learning to become men and facing up to the responsibilities that growing older brings. Atmospheric and mesmerising this is a lovely read.

If you like Tim Winton you might also like to read books by Richard Flanagan, David Vann and D. W. Wilson.

Synopsis

Breath by Tim Winton

Bruce Pike, or ‘Pikelet’, has lived all his short life in a tiny sawmilling town from where the thundering sea can be heard at night. He longs to be down there on the beach, amidst the pounding waves, but for some reason his parents forbid him. It’s only when he befriends Loonie, the local wild boy, that he finally defies them.

Intoxicated by the treacherous power of the sea and by their own youthful endurance, the two boys spurn all limits and rules, and fall into the company of adult mentors whose own addictions to risk take them to places they could never have imagined. Caught up in love and friendship and an erotic current he cannot resist, Pikelet faces challenges whose effects will far outlast his adolescence.

Breath is the story of lost youth recollected: its attractions, its compulsions, its moments of heartbreak and of madness. A young man learns what it is to be extraordinary, how to push himself, mind and body, to the limit in terrible fear and exhilaration, and how to mask the emptiness of leaving such intensity – in love and in life – behind.

Told with the immediacy and grace so characteristic of Tim Winton, Breath is a mesmeric novel by a writer at the height of his powers.

About the Author

Tim Winton

Tim Winton was born in Perth in 1960. He is the author of many books, including novels, a collection of stories, non-fiction and books for children. His first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian /Vogel Award. Cloudstreet won the Banjo Award and the Miles Franklin Award in Australia and the Deo Gloria Prize in England, and has been successfully adapted for the theatre. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice, for The Riders (1995) and Dirt Music (2002).

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd May 2008

Author

Tim Winton

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780330455718

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