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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.

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

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143202837

    August 31, 2009

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    160 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143304333

    December 22, 2008

    Puffin (AU YR)

    176 pages

    RRP $17.99

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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
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  • EBook

    9781742537399

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    156 pages

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Also by Tim Winton

The Boy Behind the Curtain
Island Home
Eyrie
Breath
Dirt Music
Shrine: A Play in One Act
Blueback: Australian Children's Classics
Signs of Life: A Play In One Act
Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster
Lockie Leonard: Legend
The Turning
The Riders
Cloudstreet the Screenplay
Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir
In the Winter Dark
Shallows
Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo
The Bugalugs Bum Thief: Aussie Bites
The Deep
Scission
That Eye, The Sky
An Open Swimmer
Minimum of Two
Jesse

Recommendations

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: A Play
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
The Ugly Truth
Boy Overboard
Artemis Fowl
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief
A Fortunate Life
Now
Too Many Elephants in this House
The Beast of Hushing Wood
Hating Alison Ashley: Australian Children's Classics
Matilda
Girl Online: Going Solo
Animal Heroes
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
One Photo
LEGO® DC Super Heroes: Character Encyclopedia
Anne of Green Gables
Anne Of Green Gables
Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky