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Tim Winton's Breath, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, is a story about the wildness of youth and learning to live with its passing.

When paramedic Bruce Pike is called out to deal with another teenage adventure gone wrong, he knows better than his colleague, better than the kid's parents, what happened and how. Thirty years before, that dead boy could have been him.

A relentlessly gripping and deeply moving novel about the damage you do to yourself when you're young and think you're immortal.

Reviews

It's unlikely Winton has ever written as well as he writes in Breath . . . Its seeming simplicity is deceptive, for beneath its pared-back surfaces lies all the steel of a major novelist operating at full throttle in a territory he has spent 25 years making his own

James Bradley, The Age

A novelist who, to a peerless degree, has learnt how to do it...Breath seems to cut through everything, and to speak with unusual honesty

Philip Hensher, Spectator

An absorbing, powerful and deeply beautiful novel, a meditation on surfing which becomes a rumination about the very stuff of existence

Helen Gordon, The Observer

This brilliant book may well turn out to be the finest thing that Winton has done

Andrew Riemer, Sydney Morning Herald

Breath is about moving out of your depth, getting in over your head, having your soul damaged beyond repair . . . But against all this pointless sorrow, there remains the evanescent beauty of the world, and Winton matches that with limitlessly beautiful prose

Carolyn See, Washington Post

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143785989

    April 16, 2018

    Penguin

    288 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143009580

    April 29, 2009

    Penguin

    288 pages

    RRP $22.99

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    • 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

    9781742536996

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    268 pages

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Also by Tim Winton

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

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The Bear and The Nightingale
Tiger Men
Ready Player One
The Light Between Oceans
The Trip of a Lifetime
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Woolgrower's Companion
The Secret Vineyard
Animal Farm