An Open Swimmer

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Pan Macmillan, 2003 - Friendship in youth - 192 pages
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Winner of the Australian/Vogel Award for Best First Novel, this is at once a haunting and powerful exploration of the horrors and joys of adulthood.Winton's writing is a heady blend of muscular description, deep sentiment and metaphysics' Sunday Telegraph A fishing trip marks the end of Jerra and Sean's friendship, although once, when they were younger and more innocent, it would have seemed unbelievable that the bond between them - first forged by their fathers, and later sealed with their blood - could ever be broken. But growing up has meant growing apart, the differences between them widening, sharpening their teasing words into something crueller and less easy to forgive. At once a haunting and a powerful exploration of the horrors and joys of adulthood, An Open Swimmer is also a meditation on past and present, a story of madness and murder, and of the punishing yet redemptive qualities of both fire and water. 'His elegiac novels are uplifting and cathartic dissections of fractured men and women' Independent 'Winton has a fine ear for both intimate and monumental scales of drama' Evening Standard

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About the author (2003)

Tim Winton was born in Perth in 1960. His work includes novels, collections of stories, non-fiction and books for children. He has won the miles Franklin Award three times, and been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Riders (1995) and Dirt Music (2002).

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