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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award and now a major film.

When paramedic Bruce Pike is called out to deal with another teenage adventure gone wrong, he knows better than his colleague, better than the kid's parents, what happened and how. Thirty years before, that dead boy could have been him. A relentlessly gripping and deeply moving novel about the damage you do to yourself when you're young and think you're immortal.

©2008 Tim Winton (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"An absorbing, powerful and deeply beautiful novel, a meditation on surfing which becomes a rumination about the very stuff of existence." (The Observer)

"This brilliant book may well turn out to be the finest thing that Winton has done." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"It's unlikely Winton has ever written as well as he writes in Breath.... Its seeming simplicity is deceptive, for beneath its pared-back surfaces lies all the steel of a major novelist operating at full throttle in a territory he has spent 25 years making his own." (The Age)

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  • christiana O
  • 05-11-18

Heart

Loved this book! Narration was extraordinary. Characters rich and believable.
I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-18

Incredible story

This is my first Tim Winton book and as a lover of the ocean, water and the story’s of peoples lives this book ticks all of those boxes!
Incredible writing!

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  • Odile
  • 06-11-18

The salt of WA

Been a long time since I read aTim Winton, and he didn't disappoint, except when it ended, only half way through my walk! Caught up in memories, The Point, sand,wax & boards, grommets out surfing a break with the big boys, who cared and brought them in safely. The nuances and hints of danger, ambiguity, stark reality draws one into the very essence of all that is so down right aussie. Left with that sickening sense of feeling very homesick for WA, you are left with a myriad of reminders of those men you've known, in one Breath he had painted them all. While the sound of the surf lingers on in your dreams., Tim brings it all home, a complete and satisfying circle. Brilliantly read byTroy Planet. Will remain a firm favorite this book, one to return to often, just to feel the grit and sand.....of achievement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-18

loved it

beautifully written. great story. will appeal to all not just surfers. do yorself a favour and read

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  • Jeanette hrvatin
  • 05-08-18

A wonderful story.

Loved it! Breath has hidden depth into the human psyche. It's artfully woven. I want to keep listening. I loved the language and the colour of the description; i felt i was riding each wave. Thank you for taking me surfing, it was a real journey that I wont forget.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-18

High expectations

A well written book with a definite slant towards the surfing culture. Boring in parts. The most irritating thing about this book is the somewhat overdone Aussie 'laid-backness' of the narrator.

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  • Ryan Dagnall
  • 07-03-18

Another Tim classic

Great author and another great story. The way he describes the SW and the surfing life would ring true with many surfers. There are parts more suited to older readers but I think most people understand that with the authors books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-18

Disappointing

This was my first Tim Winton book. Thought I would listen to the book as was thinking of going to the movie.
For me the story was disjointed without any real purpose or direction. As I haven’t read any of Tim’s other books not sure if all his books are as depressing. For me the story never really began had no middle and just seemed to suddenly end.

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  • chris
  • 06-18-18

Cracker!

One of the best books I’ve read. As a surfer a lot of his younger years in the water really resonated. Surfer or not, this book is well worth the read.

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  • Jenny Watson
  • 06-04-18

Excellent

great story, excellent narrator that is easy to listen to. Listened to in 1 weekend.