tim winton’s latest book, breath, is finally here. it’s not available in bookstores until next week, but it arrived at the library a week early. needless to say i have read it.
its set in a fictionional town in the south west coast of wa – somewhere near margaret river – in the 70s. being chicken enough to catch a wave on a reef break on a day of decent swell, i understand the fear of the protagonist in the novel who baulks at the big monday type surf conditions, and whose life unravels from this point.
this book has already been published in the Netherlands as part of an effort to protect Dutch-language publishing from English imports.
[tim winton will be promoting his book at the athenauem theatre on May 16 – anyone want to come?]