Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Tim Winton




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Breath is a story of risk, of learning one's limits by challenging death. On the wild, lonely coast of Western Australia, two thrill-seeking teenage boys fall under the spell of a veteran big-wave surfer named Sando. Their mentor urges them into a regiment of danger and challenge, and the boys test themselves and each other on storm swells and over shark-haunted reefs. The boys give no thought to what they could lose, or to the demons that drive their mentor on into ever-greater danger. Venturing beyond all caution--in sports, relationships, and sex--each character approaches a point from which none of them will return undamaged.


We come sweeping up the tree-lined boulevard with siren and lights and when the GPS urges us to make the next left we take it so fast that all the gear slams and sways inside the vehicle. I don't say a thing. Down the dark suburban street I can...


Praise for Breath

“Majestic . . . charged with physical danger, physical courage, and Winton's brand of rugged introspection.” —The New York Review of Books

“Plunge into this novel and you, too, will be pulled under.” —The Miami Herald

“Stunning in the depth of its audacity . . . limitlessly beautiful prose.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Darkly exhilarating . . . a tautly gorgeous meditation on the inescapable human addiction to 'the monotony of drawing breath,' whether you want to or not.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Both a hymn to the beauty of flying on water and a sober assessment of the costs of losing one's balance, in every sense of the word.” —The New Yorker

“A tender, incisive, sometimes brutal, and always moving coming-of-age novel . . . The prose is always astonishing, the descriptions of sea and weather especially vivid. . . . The book seems as simple, and as vital, as the act of breathing itself.” —The Seattle Times

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About the author

Tim Winton

The preeminent Australian novelist of his generation, TIM WINTON is the author of the bestselling Cloudstreet, The Riders, and Dirt Music, among many other books. He lives in Western Australia.

Tim Winton

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Tim Winton

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