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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 $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9781926428284

    November 22, 2010

    Hamish Hamilton Australia

    124 pages

    RRP $37.00

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    • The Nile
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  • EBook

    9781742538068

    September 14, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    124 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
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Also by Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut
Breath
In the Winter Dark
The Boy Behind the Curtain
An Open Swimmer
Island Home
Eyrie
Shallows
Cloudstreet
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
Dirt Music
The Riders
Blueback
Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo
The Bugalugs Bum Thief: Aussie Bites
Scission
That Eye, The Sky
Minimum of Two
Jesse

Recommendations

Rather His Own Man
The Prisoner
Finding My Virginity
The Boy Behind the Curtain
Bon: The Last Highway
The Motherhood
When Breath Becomes Air
In Order To Live
Miss Ex-Yugoslavia
The First Casualty
There Is More
Lion: A Long Way Home
Mindhunter
Young Hitler
Secrets for the Mad
Educated
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind
The Line Becomes A River
Rosie
The Terrible