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An Open Swimmer by Tim Winton

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September 1982, no. 44
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Graeme Turner reviews 'An Open Swimmer' by Tim Winton

An Open Swimmer

by Tim Winton

Allen and Unwin, 173 p., $11.95

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An Open Swimmer by Tim Winton

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September 1982, no. 44

A sympathetic reader might feel that Tim Winton, winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, is a victim of one of the unkindest tricks Fate can play on a writer, with the publication of his first novel, An Open Swimmer, at the age of twenty-one. A first novel from a writer of this age is typically seen as, a ‘young man’s book’, full of the gaucheries and immaturities of the precocious, and even if a success, it is an albatross around his neck for the rest of his career. The best one can hope for is a moderate success, substantial enough to start a career, but not either brilliant enough or bad enough to determine its direction from then on. Fortunately, Tim Winton’s first novel does not neatly fit this stereotype.

Graeme Turner reviews 'An Open Swimmer' by Tim Winton

An Open Swimmer

by Tim Winton

Allen and Unwin, 173 p., $11.95

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