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Breath

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April 2011 Guest Editor Lesley Lokko on Tim Winton...

Another Australian who’s got a way with words. I read Dirt Music years ago and was blown away by his prose, his magical attention to details, landscapes, weather, emotions, particularly when things are going wrong between couples...just stunning. I then read Breath, a surfing-coming-of-age tale that’s about so much more than waves and wet dreams and decided that I wouldn’t let the Noughties end without a visit Down Under. I didn’t...and his descriptions, particularly of the Queensland coastline, were staggeringly accurate. A real gem of a writer.

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Like all good literature this is a novel on many levels. The exhilaration of danger, the power of the sea and the joy of youth challenging the elements sing from the pages, but beneath that is the pain of love, friendship and coming-of-age. This is a beautiful book.

Comparison: Sebastian Barry, Peter Carey, Kate Grenville.

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

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Synopsis

Breath by Tim Winton

Bruce Pike can hear the sea at night and longs to go to the shore. When he befriends Loonie, his small town’s wild boy, that dream is realized. Together, intoxicated by the treacherous power of the waves and by the immortality of youth, the two boys defy all limits and rules. Pikelet learns what it is to be extraordinary, feels exhilaration for the very first time, and – caught up in love and friendship and an erotic current he cannot resist – he understands the true meaning of fear. These are experiences that will far outlast his adolescence. How, then, to mask the emptiness of leaving such intensity behind?

Reviews

‘A love letter to the sea and a moving coming-of-age story . . . Rapturous’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Breath has the sensibility and reach of an epic’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Full of fizz and a vital poetry of sun, sand, sea and air’ Independent on Sunday

‘Breath has the urgent clarity of a story that needed to be told’ Guardian

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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Publication date

1st May 2009

Author

Tim Winton

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330455725

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