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A celebration of the coastal life and those who surrender themselves to it.

On childhood holidays to the beach, the sun and surf kept Tim Winton outside in the mornings, in the water; the wind would drive him indoors in the afternoons, to books and reading. This ebb and flow of the day became a way of life.

In this beautifully delicate memoir, Winton writes about his obsession with what happens where the water meets the shore – about diving, dunes, beachcombing – and the sense of being on the precarious, wondrous edge of things that haunts his novels.

'In this record of a life-long love affair with the sea, Tim Winton's prose ripples, shimmers and surges with awe and respect for how the ocean has not only sustained him physically and emotionally but determined the very rhythms of his life.' Fiona Capp, The Age

'Winton's homage to the ocean and his childhood . . . A book to return to again and again.' Matt Condon, Sun Herald

'A love letter to the beach, an enchanting celebration of life on the edge.' Sydney Morning Herald

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143785972

    June 19, 2017

    Penguin

    112 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9781926428284

    November 22, 2010

    Hamish Hamilton

    124 pages

    RRP $29.95

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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
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  • EBook

    9781742538068

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    124 pages

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Also by Tim Winton

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

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The Princess Diarist
Bon: The Last Highway
Finding My Virginity
Endurance
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Everything to Live For
The House on the Hill
The Choice
When Breath Becomes Air
Young Hitler
The First Casualty
Mindhunter
Lion: A Long Way Home
Secrets for the Mad
Thrive
Life on Air
In Shock
Talking As Fast As I Can
Testimony
Lonely Boy