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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

Reviews

'Winton's writing is as poetic and insightful as ever and possesses a uniquely Australian rhythm.' Men's Style

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'A great gift for Winton fans new and old.' Bookseller and Publisher

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'A handsome little hardback with some strikingly beautiful seascape photography by Narelle Autio... Highly recommended.' Canberra Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143785972

    June 19, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    112 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    • Booktopia
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    • Dymocks
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    • Readings
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  • Hardback

    9781926428284

    November 22, 2010

    Hamish Hamilton (AU Adult)

    124 pages

    RRP $29.95

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • 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

Also by Tim Winton

The Boy Behind the Curtain
Island Home
Eyrie
Breath
Cloudstreet
Dirt Music
Blueback
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 21st anniversary edition
Cloudstreet the Screenplay
Cloudstreet TV tie-in
In the Winter Dark: Popular Penguins
Shallows
Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo
The Bugalugs Bum Thief: Aussie Bites
The Deep
Scission
That Eye, The Sky

Recommendations

Lion: A Long Way Home
When Breath Becomes Air
The Princess Diarist
Island Home
The Good Girl of Chinatown
Secrets of a Beauty Queen
Down the Dirt Roads
The Bush
Thrive
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
The Spy Who Loved Castro
Life on Air
Confabulations
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
Driving Miss Norma
Winter
The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature
Autumn
Smile Please
Out Of Africa