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Breath Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008
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'Breath is a story about the wildness of youth - the lust for excitement and terror, the determination to be extraordinary, the wounds that heal and those that don't - and about learning to live with its passing.'
Source: Publisher's website

Adaptations

form y Breath Gerard Lee , Tim Winton , Simon Baker , Australia : See Pictures Gran Via Productions Breath Productions , 2016 8569342 2016 single work film/TV

'Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely bond with a reclusive surfer and his mysterious wife. The boys are driven to take risks that will have a profound and lasting impact on their lives.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Howard Willis.
  • Included in the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books List for 2008.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording; braille

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Hamish Hamilton , 2008 .
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      Extent: 215p.
      ISBN: 9780241015308(hbk)
    • Dublin, Dublin (County),
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      Tuskar Rock Press ,
      2008 .
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Limited edition info: Limited edition of 75 cloth-bound copies and 16 leather-bound copies. All copies numbered, and signed by Tim Winton.
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      HarperCollins ,
      2008 .
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      ISBN: 9781554682294
    • London,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Picador ,
      2008 .
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      ISBN: 0330455710
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
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      Extent: 264p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 April 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143009580
Alternative title: Atem : Roman
Language: German
      • Publisher: Btb
      Munich,
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      Germany,
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      Btb ,
      2010 .
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      ISBN: 9783442740338, 3442740339
      Series: y btb Munich : Btb , 1997 6717514 1997 series - publisher novel Number in series: 74033

Works about this Work

Tim Winton : Abjection, Meaning-making and Australian Sacredness Lyn McCredden , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 16 no. 1 2016;

'Tim Winton’s fiction has divided critics. His writing has been characterised as nostalgic (Dixon), as too Christian (Goldsworthy), as blokey, and even misogynist (Schürholz). He has been pilloried on the blog site Worst of Perth, with its ‘Wintoning Project,’ which calls for contributions of ‘Australian or Western Australian schmaltz, in the style of our most famous literary son, master dispenser of literary cheese and fake WA nostalgia Tim Winton’ (online). And he has won the top Australian literary prize, The Miles Franklin Award, four times (Shallows, 1984; Cloudstreet, 1992; Dirt Music, 2002; and Breath, 2009). Winton’s oeuvre spans three decades. It remains highly recognisable in its use of Australian vernacular and its sun-filled, beachy Western Australian settings; but it has also taken some dramatic, dark and probingly self-questioning turns. While critics often look for common strands in an author’s oeuvre, it is revealing to consider developments and changes between individual works. How do the darker, more abject elements of Winton’s imaginative visions relate to the ‘wholesome’ if macho Aussie surfer image, or to the writer of plenitude somehow embarrassing to critics?' (Author's introduction)

The Characterization of the Four Protagonists in Tim Winton's Breath Xu Xian-jing , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Xihua University , 5 November vol. 34 no. 6 2015; (p. 43-47)
'The research will be conducted by employing the distinctive feature analysis approach and the discussion will be on the comparison and contrast of the traits possessed by the four protagonists. Through the analysis, the paper tries to reveal how these distinctive features link the characters and decide different fates for each. Then the unique skills of characterization employed by the author can be fully appreciated.' (Publication abstract)
Australian Literature, Risk, and the Global Climate Challenge Graham Huggan , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature, Interpretation, Theory , vol. 26 no. 2 2015; (p. 85-105)
'Envision two scenarios, the one real the other imagined, both played out in Australia's southeast regions. In the imagined one, taken from George Turner's post-apocalyptic story “The Fittest,” the year is 2035 and parts of Melbourne are under water. The embattled city is divided into two camps, the Swill and the Sweet, who make up nine tenths and one tenth of the population, respectively. The Swill live in run-down tenement blocks in the low-lying southern and western areas of the city, which are at the mercy of rising sea levels caused by the catastrophic melting of the ice caps. The Sweet look down on the Swill, both literally and metaphorically, from their privileged vantage on the higher levels. The Swill, meanwhile, are left to fend for themselves in a daily and brutal struggle for survival: jobless, hungry, they are little more than predatory animals, a racially stigmatized underclass equivalent to Asia's barbarian hordes (Maxwell 20–21; Morgan). In the real one, the year is 2013 and parts of Tasmania have been transformed into an inferno. A devastating heatwave covering most of the southern and eastern parts of Australia has caused wildfires to spread, with its largest offshore island bearing the brunt of it. There are few deaths, but hundreds of people are displaced and irreparable damage is done to thousands of hectares of land and property. Media commentators return to that most obdurate if readily reversible of clichés, Australia as un/lucky country, linking the sins of commission (the perils of boom-and-bust economics) to those of omission (the price paid for ecological neglect).1 Spoiling as always for a fight, the British environmental campaigner George Monbiot sanctimoniously reminds his antipodean cousins that they burn twice as much carbon as his own countrymen, and that the history of Australia, framed as a “land of opportunity in which progress is limited only by the rate at which natural resources can be extracted,” doubles as a cautionary tale of what happens when “climate change clashes with a story of great cultural power.” Lest the moral of the story be unclear, Monbiot flourishingly underscores it: “Australia's new weather,” he says, “demands a new politics, a politics capable of responding to an existential threat.”' (Author's introduction)
Simon Baker to Direct Tim Winton Thriller Breath Garry Maddox , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 May 2015;
Extreme Games, Hegemony and Narration : An Interpretation of Tim Winton’s Breath Hou Fei , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tim Winton : Critical Essays 2014; (p. 283-305)

In this essay, Hou Fei argues that the interpretation of Winton's novel Breath, 'needs to take into account the context of the Vietnam War, which is not used by Winton merely as a historical event for background colour withing a surfing novel.' (285)

Untitled David Gaunt , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 87 no. 7 2008; (p. 36)

— Review of Breath Tim Winton 2008 single work novel
A World of His Own Matthew Condon , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 April 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of Breath Tim Winton 2008 single work novel
Dark Poetry in the Ocean Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 April 2008; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Breath Tim Winton 2008 single work novel
Breathless Prose Matthew Condon , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 - 27 April 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of Breath Tim Winton 2008 single work novel
The Last Gasp in a Small-Town Life A. P. Riemer , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 May 2008; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Breath Tim Winton 2008 single work novel
The Rights and Wrongs of Publishing Jason Steger , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 15 March 2008; (p. 29)
A column canvassing current literary news including comments from Henry Rosenbloom about global publishing rights as well as news of a Dutch translation of Tim Winton's Breath. The Dutch publication appeared some months prior to Breath being published in English.
Breathing Space Rachel Cunneen , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 April 2008; (p. 11)
The Sea Side of Tim Winton Jason Steger , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 25-26 April 2008; (p. 26-27) The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-27 April 2008; (p. 28-29)
Lost and Foundering Men Stephen Matchett , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 May 2008; (p. 40)
Surfing the Zeitgeist Bron Sibree , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 May 2008; (p. 10)
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