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Bruce Pike can hear the sea at night and longs to go to the shore. When he befriends Loonie, his small town's wild boy, that dream is realized. Together, intoxicated by the treacherous power of the waves and by the immortality of youth, the two boys defy all limits and rules. Pikelet learns what it is to be extraordinary, feels exhilaration for the very first time, and -- caught up in love and friendship and an erotic current he cannot resist -- he understands the true meaning of fear. These are experiences that will far outlast his adolescence. How, then, to mask the emptiness of leaving such intensity behind? 'An absorbing, powerful and deeply beautiful novel' Observer 'A love letter to the sea and a moving coming-of-age story ...Rapturous' Sunday Telegraph 'Breath has the sensibility and reach of an epic' Scotland on Sunday 'Full of fizz and a vital poetry of sun, sand, sea and air' Independent on Sunday 'Breath has the urgent clarity of a story that needed to be told' Guardianshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330455729
  • 9780330455725
  • 13,987

About Tim Winton

Tim Winton was born in Perth in 1960. He has written novels, collections of stories, non-fiction and books for children. He is three times winner of Australia's Miles Franklin Award, and has been twice-shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Riders (1995) and Dirt Music (2002).show more

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"Plunge into this novel and you, too, will be pulled under."--"The Miami Herald ""Stunning in the depth of its audacity . . . limitlessly beautiful prose."--"The Washington Post Book World ""Darkly exhilarating . . . a tautly gorgeous meditation on the inescapable human addiction to 'the monotony of drawing breath, ' whether you want to or not."--"The New York Times Book Review ""Both a hymn to the beauty of flying on water and a sober assessment of the costs of losing one's balance, in every sense of the word."--"The New Yorker "show more

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10,921 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 24% (2,642)
4 42% (4,565)
3 26% (2,794)
2 7% (728)
1 2% (192)

Our customer reviews

If you've ever swum, breathed, or dreamed of surfing, Tim Winton's Breath is a must read. Breath is a deceptively easy read. Bruce Pike (Pikelet), an ambulance officer, attends a teenage suicide that reminds him of his teenage years and we're taken back into his memories. As an outsider in a small town he is befriended by Loonie, another loner. The boys share a wicked sense of adventure and need for adrenalin. This discovery occurs in the local waterhole where they compete at holding their breath. It takes them to the forbidden beach, where they learn to surf. They challenge each other to more daring waves. They meet a retired surfing champion, Sando, and his American wife, Eva, who, in very different ways, change the boys' lives. In Breath you become Pikelet. You live through his adventures, hardships, confusion, losses and ecstatic exultations. You forget yourself. To take the reader on that sort of journey is the mark of a genius writer. Congratulations Tim Winton. Breath is a book that has haunted me long after the last page. The story is alive in my mind and will be for many years to more
by Catherine Evans
A very evocative read about going to extremes and dealing with the damaging after effects. This book never lets up and Tim Winton takes you on a wild ride - surfing the big swells with edgy characters daring to go further. An interesting insight also, into characters on the edge of a small community. A great read - highly more
by Liz
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