Breath

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Hamish Hamilton, 2008 - Australian fiction - 215 pages

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009

More than once since then I've wondered whether the life-threatening high jinks that Loonie and I and Sando and Eva got up to in the years of my adolescence were anything more than a rebellion against the monotony of drawing breath.

Breathis a story about the wildness of youth - the lust for excitement and terror, the determination to be extraordinary, the wounds that heal and those that don't - and about learning to live with its passing.

In his first novel for seven years, Tim Winton has achieved a new level of mastery. Breath confirms him as one of the world's finest storytellers, a writer of novels that are at the same time simple and profound, relentlessly gripping and deeply moving.

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Superb evocation of the surf culture in Australia in the 70's, wistful and nostalgic, as Bruce Pike looks back on his adolescence in rural Western Australia, where, nicknamed Pikelet, he and his best ... Read full review

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It's not mentioned on the cover, and only once in the acres of reviews quoted on the first few pages, but this novel is about surfing. It's the elephant with long blond hair and baggy shorts in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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

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