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Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir


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Tim Winton's homage to the ocean and his childhood is a magnificent celebration of life at its limits

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Tim Winton has published twenty-six books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight 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). He lives in Western Australia.


Winton's exhilarated eulogy to a life lived from boyhood to manhood by and on the beach . . . Imagine the ideal short memoir of a perfect long day lived between land, sky and sea; this is as good as it gets. * The Times *
Wonderfully stirring . . . The great pleasure of Land's Edge is not just the dissection of his own love of the sea but also the flint-sharp evocation: he can fill your nostrils with the salty breeze. . . His is a book to read and reread . . . its reflections are beautiful, urgent and filled with awe. * Mail on Sunday *
The beach, the "verandah" at the edge of the continent, is half-fantasy, half-horror story. Winton is brilliant at exploring this ambiguity . . . I gobbled up this short but shimmering book in one windswept afternoon. * Independent *
A timeless meditation on place and the intimate affirmation of a writer's life lived on his own terms. * Time *
In this slim, poetic memoir, Winton picks apart his lifelong attraction to the ocean . . . compelling . . . the ocean's twin allure of fear and freedom is what Winton captures so well. * Sunday Times *
A lovely and gently humorous book' * Daily Mail *
Winton grew up on Australia's west coast . . . He has been in love with the ocean ever since and writes about it with an almost religious reverence . . . Land's Edge will help Winton fans understand how the ocean dominates his imaginative world. * Observer *
What really makes Winton stand out amongst his peers is the diamond-tipped precision of his descriptive writing, and in Land's Edge we get a gloriously concentrated dose of it . . . there's a passage about diving with eight-metre sharks that fairly takes the breath away' * Scotsman *
A lovely, lyrical memoir * The Times *
Tim Winton's swirling prose mirrors his giddy fascination with the sea . . . the book basks in the hear and dreamy haze of life on the coast of Western Australia. * Big Issue in the North *
A masterful memoir that evokes the power of the sea to ease anxieties and kick-start joyfulness . . . universal and timeless. * Coast *

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