Into the Sea

Into the Sea

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Billie (Will) is a small kid bleached by the ocean. He surfs.
Riley’s bigger, bites his nails and pretends he does too. They roam
their beachside suburb, nose drip over their first surf magazine and
start to dream of far off places. Suddenly out of a heatwave, a fire
erupts to take more than their bushland.

Later, in their mid twenties, the friends reconnect driving across
the desert. There they live in the heat, dust and cold salt water,
amongst a melting pot of passing travellers and violent incensed
locals. Riley forgets a girl he thought he knew and Will’s drug
addiction gives way to blindness to life beyond the sea which may
prove to be even more destructive.

Musings around the campfire become real as Will leaves everything and
heads for the tropical islands of Indonesia. At first a phone call,
then a postcard, then nothing. Eventually Riley, in a strong
relationship with stable work, sets out to try to track him down and,
heading deep into the islands, starts to learn things he never knew he

Through the early years of their friendship _Into the Sea _touches on
first freedoms, the seesawing transition from innocence to adolescence
and the impact of sudden loss. In later parts, the novel powerfully
evokes life on the road and the unpredictability of trusting to chance
travelling in remote places. Along the way, it richly and sensitively
describes the landscapes of Australia and Indonesia and their people
and captures what it really is to ride waves, to be a surfer and, in a
more subtle way, the trials, if not impossibilities, of loving one.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 17mm | 343g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 064659348X
  • 9780646593487
  • 398,132

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12 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
5 8% (1)
4 33% (4)
3 50% (6)
2 0% (0)
1 8% (1)
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