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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)

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143204718

    June 28, 2010

    Penguin

    168 pages

    RRP $12.99

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The Boy Behind the Curtain
Breath
Island Home
Blueback
Eyrie
Dirt Music
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The Shepherd's Hut
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
The Deep
Scission
That Eye, The Sky
An Open Swimmer
Minimum of Two
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