And once started I was even more gripped than I had been by In the Winter Dark.
I’m a bit of a fan of surf fiction, largely that’s been Kem Nunn, but now I can add Breath to the list.
The novel – a dark coming of age story, set in Western Australia – is a fantastic read.
The story revolves around an adolescent boy’s friendship with a slightly older boy and their hero worship of a once famous surfer. Things turn sour and the boy gets used by the surfer’s wife.
I thought the characters were really well developed, and the way the boy gets sucked into situations he’s unable to cope with struck me as realistic.
But what I really enjoyed was how Winton describes the terror and elation that surfing brings. Personally I’ve never managed to get up on a board, but I do love body surfing and Winton’s descriptions of catching a wave perfectly or being dumped by one are spot on.