An Open Swimmer

An Open Swimmer

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Winner of the Australian/Vogel Award for Best First Novel, Tim Winton's An Open Swimmer is a meditation on past and present, a story of madness and murder, and of the punishing yet redemptive qualities of both fire and water.

A fishing trip marks the end of Jerra and Sean's friendship, although once, when they were younger and more innocent, it would have seemed unbelievable that the bond between them - first forged by their fathers, and later sealed with their blood - could ever be broken. But growing up has meant growing apart, the differences between them widening, sharpening their teasing words into something crueller and less easy to forgive.

'Winton's writing is a heady blend of muscular description, deep sentiment and metaphysics' - Sunday Telegraph
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 14mm | 146g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330412582
  • 9780330412582
  • 77,638

Review quote

Winton has a fine ear for both intimate and monumental scales of drama. * Evening Standard * His elegiac novels are uplifting and cathartic dissections of fractured men and women. * Independent * Winton's writing is a heady blend of muscular description, deep sentiment and metaphysics. * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Tim Winton

Tim Winton has published over twenty books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into many different languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). Active in the environmental movement, he is the Patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. He lives in Western Australia.
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Rating details

738 ratings
3.39 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (230)
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2 13% (96)
1 3% (23)
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