- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Picador (29 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447203119
- ISBN-13: 978-1447203117
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012
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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)
From the Back Cover
'A book to read and reread . . . its reflections are beautiful, urgent and filled with awe' Mail on Sunday
'A lovely, lyrical memoir' The Times
During childhood holidays on Australia's west coast, Tim Winton's days took on a joyous, inescapable ebb and flow. In the mornings, the sun and surf drew him outside and into the water. In the afternoons the wind came in from the ocean and drove him in to his books.
Land's Edge tracks these natural rhythms and reveals the preoccupations of a writer obsessed with that place where sand meets sea. Whether free diving or encountering whale sharks, beachcombing or surprised by a rogue wave or rip current, Winton has always felt awed and enlivened by the ocean. There is nowhere on earth he'd rather be.
'I gobbled up this short but shimmering book in one windswept afternoon' Independent
'Compelling . . . the ocean's twin allure of fear and freedom is what Winton captures so well.' Sunday Times--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
What is an Australian? An Aboriginal, an immigrant European or what precisely?
Defining self, identity and culture within landscape is complex.
Tim Winton expresses the sensation and feel, the love and fear, the narrative and the poetic beauty, by this, sharing his experience, enabling you to know him and his west Ozzie world .
Such a real feel for the physicality of Australia: a young kid coming to know his landscape and environment, deciphering the nature of the people he's growing up amongst and sensing the meanings in the relationship between people and place. Discovering himself in all 10 dimensions.
Beautifully elucidated sensations: of sand, heat, surf, ocean swimming, bare feet, of 'now' time and place, is combined with the parallel awakening to the wonder of words and language, of knowledge of other contexts and times, thoughts and experiences. And, an identity developing and being defined.
Can't recommend this highly enough. If you're planning a trip to Oz, read this first, you'll find the insights you take away from it will enlarge your travel experience greatly. If you've been to Australia, this book will spike your head with memories and sensations, replaying like a film, also perhaps, initiate the revelation of a few things you failed to come to know.
Or just read it for it's insight, beauty and poetry.
For this Aussie-Brit/Brit-Aussie, Tim Winton's memoir is magic, and treasure most precious. Read it!
(Incidentally, if you're going to Majorca for your holiday too I recommend Benjamin Zephaniah's quick read 'Kung Fu Trip' for the flight there or back - it's about the same length. And it's very, very funny. But don't go looking for any bronzed Australian surfers in it because you won't find any. This one's more a Kung-Fu-practising Rasta poet in China kind of thing.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Winton makes me home sick... this is a light read and is not very long, but great to get inside his head and enjoy the imagery. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ingo
loved this book and made me feel very nostalgic of my 8 years living in Australia. This really is the author's memoir not a novel so is quite a compact book. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Evans L
This book came quickly and was in great condition. It wasn't the book I thought it would be which is my fault for not reading the description. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by sami
Beautiful book. I loved the cover illustration. The story very evocative of some of my experiences in similar houses in WA.Published on 2 Aug. 2013 by Barbara Jones
I really enjoyed reading Land's Edge; it's an easy read which allows your mind to wander to a time and place that is fresh and vibrant. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2013 by Mr. R. N. Lock
I enjoyed this account of Wintons years growing up and how important living by the coast is for him, he relates this very well. I was just suprised how short the book was. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2012 by Mrs. Claire A. Beach