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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 Breath
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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

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Breath Gerard Lee , Tim Winton , Simon Baker , ( dir. 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.

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.
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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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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      Image courtesy of Penguin Books Australia
      Extent: 264p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 April 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143009580
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Picador ,
      2018 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 246p.p.
      ISBN: 9781509871124
Alternative title: Atem : Roman
Language: German
    • Munich,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Luchterhand ,
      2008 .
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      Extent: 235p.
    • Munich,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Btb ,
      2010 .
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      ISBN: 9783442740338, 3442740339
      Series: y separately published work icon btb Munich : Btb , 1997 6717514 1997 series - publisher novel Number in series: 74033

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording; braille
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Why Are Australian Authors Obsessed with Killing off Kangaroos? Donna Mazza , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 4 March 2019;

'Kangaroos are the most visible of Australia’s unique animals, but despite their charm and national icon status, Australian writers perpetually kill them off.' (Introduction)

Kangaroos and Predators in Recent Australian Fiction : A Post-Pastoral Reading Donna Mazza , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , vol. 32 no. 1/2 2018; (p. 94-108)
'When dusk falls in regional Australia, it is common to see mobs of kangaroos ranging in paddocks and on golf courses. They lounge about in family groups in the shade of remnant eucalyptus trees and share the pasture of bovines. They seem peaceful and idyllic, with their wide, dark eyes, cute joeys, and unique gait, and they appear to have close family bonds. They are the most visible and commonplace of Australia's unique animals. Despite all the charm of these awe-inspiring creatures and their status as a national icon, Australian writers perpetually kill them off. Recent Australian fiction has featured native animals that gain substantial narrative agency. Stephen Daisley's Coming Rain (2015) and Louis Nowra's Into That Forest (2012) undertake extended narratives from the perspective of native animals. The dingo and the thylacine, respectively, are given voice in fiction by these works. Domestic, nonnative animals in Australia have also received serious treatment recently by authors such as Eva Hornung and Michelle de Kretser. But Australian stories are less sympathetic toward the kangaroo. One appears struggling in a rabbit trap, doomed and dying in Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things (2015), Tim Winton has one killed on the road, dissected and fed to dogs in Breath (2008). There is an inventory of such examples. Serious treatment of the extinct thylacine abounds, but the kangaroo is often represented as roadkill and dog food. The expendable nature of the kangaroo is a widely held view in Australia, so it is little wonder that this attitude is articulated in our fiction; but it is a bitter irony that the creature that defines us to the rest of the world is perpetually under siege, in life and in literature.' (Introduction)
 
'The Shimmering Edge' : Surfing, Risk, and Climate Change in Tim Winton's 'Breath' John Clement Ball , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth : Essays and Studies , Autumn vol. 41 no. 1 2018; (p. 19-29)

''Breath', Tim Winton's coming-of-age surfing novel, indirectly links the voluntary risk-taking of adolescent surfers with that of a society teetering on the edge of oceanic climate change. This paper draws on risk theory, the sociology of surfing, oceanic studies, and Winton's related writings to provide an ecocritical reading of 'Breath'.'  (Publication abstract)

The New Historical Novel : Putting Mid-twentieth-century Australia into Perspective Nicholas Birns , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth : Essays and Studies , Autumn vol. 41 no. 1 2018; (p. 7-18)

'This article argues that, since 2004 or so, a new kind of Australian historical novel has emerged among practitioners of literary fiction, one concerned with the mid-twentieth century. This new historical fiction has been characterized by an aesthetic stringency and self-consciousness. Though Steven Carroll and Ashley Hay will be the principal twenty-first-century writers examined, reference will also be made to several other writers including Carrie Tiffany, Charlotte Wood, Sofie Laguna, and to the later work of Peter Carey. In all these contemporary books, technology plays a major role in defining the twentieth century as seen historically.'  (Publication abstract)

 

Ten Great Australian Beach Reads Set at the Beach Liz Ellison , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 28 December 2018;

— Review of Floundering Romy Ash , 2012 single work novel ; Puberty Blues Kathy Lette , Gabrielle Carey , 1979 single work novel ; Time's Long Ruin : A Novel Stephen Orr , 2008 single work novel ; Breath Tim Winton , 2008 single work novel ; The Empty Beach Peter Corris , 1983 single work novel ; The True Colour of the Sea Robert Drewe , 2018 selected work short story ; Atomic City Sally Breen , 2013 single work novel ; Not Meeting Mr Right Anita Heiss , 2007 single work novel ; After January Nick Earls , 1996 single work novel ; Bluebottle Belinda Castles , 2018 single work novel
[Review] Breath 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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