An Open Swimmer

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Penguin Random House Australia, Sep 14, 2012 - Fiction - 180 pages
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An Open Swimmer, winner of the Australian Vogel Award, is the remarkable first novel by Tim Winton, one of Australia's most loved and respected writers.

Jerra and his best mate Sean set off in a beaten-up old VW to go camping on the coast. Jerra's friends and family want to know when he will finish university, when he will find a girl. But they don't understand about Sean's mother, Jewel, or the bush or the fish with the pearl.

They think he needs a job, but what Jerra is searching for is more elusive. Only the sea, and perhaps the old man who lives in a shack beside it, can help.

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Hard to get into story about two friends who aren't getting on so well after they leave school. They go on a fishing holiday on an abandoned area only to find that a hermit lives there. There's a ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Tim Winton has published twenty-eight books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.

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