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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


form y 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.


  • 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),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      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,
      HarperCollins ,
      2008 .
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      ISBN: 9781554682294
    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Picador ,
      2008 .
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      ISBN: 0330455710
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
      Image courtesy of Penguin Books Australia
      Extent: 264p.
      • Publication date: 29 April 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143009580
Alternative title: Atem : Roman
Language: German
      • Publisher: Btb
      Western Europe, Europe,
      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

Dying for Sex : Cultural and Forensic Narratives of Autoerotic Death Lisa Downing , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Formations , vol. 89-90 no. 2017; (p. 137-152)

'This article explores representations of autoerotic death in a range of discursive fields: the media, forensic pathology, the psy sciences, literary fiction, and internet humour. It adopts a broadly Foucauldian approach to the study of the topic; i.e., rather than interrogating what sexual practices leading to autoerotic death mean, or what motivates people to experiment with these ‘extreme’ practices, it explores instead what attitudes towards autoerotic death tell us about normative cultural understandings of sexuality and gender. The article interrogates the ways in which gender norms and roles are at play in the apprehension of autoerotic fatalities, marking some of the men who die in this way as effeminate, failed men; while others are represented as hypermasculine misadventurers. It also discusses why the rare female autoerotic fatality troubles assumptions about the nature and role of women. The biases guiding definitions of ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ sexuality and gender are thus revealed in particularly striking ways by moving the focus of interrogation away from the pathologised practices and the bodies they produce, and onto the discourses that pronounce about them.' (Publication abstract)

Art, Beauty and the Problem of Consciousness in Tim Winton's Breath Peter Mathews , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 1 2017; (p. 219-230)

'In Tim Winton's Breathe (2009), recently adapted into a 2017 film by Simon Baker, the everyday world is presented to the reader in aesthetic terms. Surfing is thus transformed by Winton from a sport or passtime unto something creative and artistic. The world that surfers occupy in described in similar terms, from the breathtakingly beautiful to the downright ugly.' (Introduction)

Who is My Neighbour? : Tim Winton’s ‘Aquifer’ and the Ghosts of Cloudstreet Peter Mathews , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , February vol. 32 no. 1 2017;

'The psychology of guilt as debt is a recurrent theme in Tim Winton’s fiction. A number of scholars have recently examined the theme of haunting in Winton’s Cloudstreet (1991), arguing that the ghosts which appear in the story represent an engagement with Australia’s colonial past, in particular the mistreatment of its Indigenous peoples. The latest of these, Michael R. Griffiths, highlights the shortcomings of Winton’s treatment of this theme, contending that Winton’s text might be read as a kind of excuse, in the name of naïveté, for colonial abuses. Given that Nicholas Birns (among others) has noted a new maturity in Winton’s work from The Turning (2004) onward, a fresh examination of such themes in Winton’s work is warranted. This essay does so through a reading of the short story ‘Aquifer’. Examining the story’s treatment of the psychology of guilt and debt, the essay explores how Winton tries to resolve the moral and historical problems he raises in regard to Australian culture through the ethical figure of the neighbour, drawn in particular from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan. By showing the centrality of the neighbour to Winton’s work through references to In the Winter Dark (1988), Cloudstreet, Breath (2009), ‘Aquifer,’ and a newspaper editorial by Winton on the humanitarian treatment of refugees, this paper seeks to provide a new critical window through which to understand his evolving ethical ideas about Australia’s past and future.'

Source: Abstract.

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)
[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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