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Blueback is an achingly beautiful story about family, belonging, and living a life in tune with the environment, from Tim Winton, one of Australia's best-loved authors.

Blueback is an achingly beautiful story about family, belonging, and living a life in tune with the environment, from Tim Winton, one of Australia's best-loved authors.

'Winton ... convince[s] us of the preciousness of our oceans not through lectures but through his characters' steady wonder.' New York Times

Abel Jackson's boyhood belongs to a vanishing world. On an idyllic stretch of coast whose waters teem with fish, he lives a simple, tough existence. It's just him and his mother in the house at Longboat Bay, but Abel has friends in the sea, particularly the magnificent old groper he meets when diving.

As the years pass, things change, but one thing seems to remain constant: the greed of humans. When the modern world comes to his patch of sea, Abel wonders what can stand in its way.

Blueback is a deceptively simple allegory about a boy who matures through fortitude and who finds wisdom through living in harmony with all forms of life.

'In true fable style, this is a simple story, but one so beautiful, poignant and moving it is impossible to ignore.' Daily Telegraph

Reviews

In true fable style, this is a simple story, but one so beautiful, poignant and moving it is impossible to ignore.

Daily Telegraph

A memorable and redemptive fable of our maddening times.

Booklist

Winton is a true storyteller who digs deep into nature's soul to procure his images.

Herald Sun

While an ecological message is obviously being pitched here, Blueback can't be dismissed as a simple tract. Tim Winton is determined to convince us of the preciousness of our oceans not through lectures but through his characters' steady wonder.

New York Times

At moments surreal, this captivating gem inspires and motivates.

Australian Financial Review

Though containing suspense, indignation and sadness, the overwhelming tone of the book is an affirming vitality.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143202837

    August 31, 2009

    Penguin

    160 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Paperback

    9780143304333

    December 22, 2008

    Puffin

    176 pages

    RRP $17.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742537399

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    156 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

Awards and Recognition

  • APA Book Design Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Best Designed Children's Fiction