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  • Published: 3 January 1998
  • ISBN: 9780140274035
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $24.99
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In the Winter Dark




Tim Winton's classic novella about the insidious grip of fear. In the Winter Dark is spellbinding.

Tim Winton's classic novella about the insidious grip of fear. In the Winter Dark is spellbinding.

Night falls. In a lonely valley called the Sink, four people prepare for a quiet evening. Then in his orchard, Murray Jaccob sees a moving shadow. Across the swamp, his neighbour Ronnie watches her lover leave and feels her baby roll inside her. And on the verandah of the Stubbses' house, a small dog is torn screaming from its leash by something unseen. Nothing will ever be the same again.


‘Hair-raising vision . . . the pulse quickens, the spine chills.’ Weekend Australian

'A brooding story . . . tense and intense, at once a suspense thriller and a moral fable of a creature flung up from the deepest recesses of the mind . . . Like black glass, the novel throws back reflections of our own image.' The Age

‘This is Winton at his most disciplined, most distilled – it’s an unforgettable story, told with the simplicity that only a consummate artist can achieve.’ Sun Herald

‘You won’t be able to put it down.’ The Advertiser (Adelaide)

  • Pub date: 3 January 1998
  • ISBN: 9780140274035
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Tim Winton

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

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