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A Novel

by Tim Winton

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  • First Published:
    May 2008, 224 pages
    May 2009, 224 pages

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Kathy Pierson

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A rich and atmospheric coming-of-age tale

This book by widely-admired Australian novelist Tim Winton has received brilliant and well-deserved praise. Slim but breathtaking, it pulses with energy with barely one false step in all of its lyrical passages. It chronicles the unfolding life of Brucie Pike, a boy who stretches his new-found independence into frightening tests of personal strength and challenging moral choices.

This masterful coming-of-age story is set in a struggling mill town near the coast of Western Australia. Breath's rich, compelling prose grabs the reader with understated clarity and a vivid visual richness. Winton's evocative descriptions of land, sea, and inhabitants are credible and compelling. The lonely young protagonist chafes at a dreary rural life in which his future is defined by the expected, the restrained, and the ordinary. His fearful parents forbid swimming in the...

Novels by Tim Winton
An Open Swimmer (1982)
Shallows (1984)
That Eye, the Sky (1986)
In the Winter Dark (1989)
Cloudstreet (1991)
The Bugalugs Bum Thief (1991)
The Riders (1994)
The Deep (1998)
Blueback (1998)
Dirt Music (2001)
Breath (2008)

Scission: And Other Stories (1986)
Minimum of Two (1988)
Blood and Water (1993)
The Turning (2004)

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