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  • 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)

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Tim Winton was born in Perth in 1960. He has written novels, collections of stories, non-fiction and books for children. He is four times winner of Australia's Miles Franklin Award, most recently for his novel Breath, and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, for The Riders (1995) and Dirt Music (2002).

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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)

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'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.

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The Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Eyres Rock, kangaroos and koalas etc. are not in Tim Winton's memoir. Nothing of any tourism spin here.
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!
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As someone who grow up in Western Australia I loved this but I am sure it will appeal to others just as much.
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Bought as a present for daughter, who is a Marine Biologist. I had heard book being read out on radio and thought she would find it interesting. She had already heard about it and was really pleased to get book, which she has read and enjoyed.
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I read this book on my trip back from Majorca and it took almost precisely the flight time (about 2 hours) to finish it. Can't ask more than that. Tim Winton at his best: you know that thing when you finish his books and think 'wow, that was brilliant but I can't quite put my finger on the reason why'? That.

(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.)
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If I have one issue with this book, it is that I would have liked it to be at least twice as long. It's an exploration of Tim Winton's lifelong relationship with the sea. It's beautifully written, and casts an interesting light on some of Winton's novels, with accounts of various incidents from his own life that feature in his fiction. Highly recommended: even if you're not familiar with Tim Winton's fiction, it's a great read, and might just get you into reading those great novels.
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The book has a lovely 'feel' with a very tactile cover. I had bought the book for my 11-year-old nephew who lives in WA, but I'm not sure it's something he'd find interesting to read? The story is autobiographical and so has references only a grown-up would appreciate, yet the text is large and the language freely written....one day William might read it!
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Anyone who loves Australia will feel hugely nostalgic when reading any Tim Winton book. His portrayal of life on the edge of the continent is compelling and if you have walked along the pristine beaches of W.A. This will conjure up that incredible feeling once more.
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Winton's sublime ability to make you feel you are actually there as he gives you glimpses of his life growing up in western Australia. He understanding of that landscape and environment makes him enjoyable and one of the very best writers of present time. Enjoy.
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