On childhood holidays to the western coast, Tim Winton's days followed a joyous rhythm. In the mornings, the sun and surf kept him outside, in the water. In the afternoons, as the horizon wobbled with mirages and the wind came in from the ocean, he was driven inside, to books. In the 'simple, peculiar shack' that his family borrowed each year there was a small library: a room with four walls of books, a world unto itself. In this beautifully delicate memoir, Winton writes about his obsession with what happens where the water meets the shore - about diving, dunes, beachcombing - and the sense of being on the precarious, wondrous edge of things that haunts his novels. It is a book about the ebb and flow that became a way of life, and that shaped one of our finest writers. 'Both a serial romantic and a truly gifted novelist' Mariella Frostrup, Mail on Sunday
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
Tim Winton, geboren 1960 in Westaustralien. Veröffentlichung zahlreicher Romane, Sachbücher und Kinderbücher mit mehrfachen Auszeichnungen, u. a. 3 x mit dem Miles Franklin Award - dem wichtigsten Literaturpreis Australiens. erhalten. Seine Werke sind in zwölf Sprachen übersetzt, einiges wurde für Bühne, Radio und Film adaptiert. Der Autor lebt mit seiner Familie Westaustralien.