Tim Winton on Blueback, Ningaloo and 40 Years of Writing

Tim Winton remembers a current second when he took his aged mom to the seaside to assist her get into the water. Her mom had been a swimming trainer when she was youthful, however now she was too frail to swim alone. As Winton and his spouse held their mom within the ocean, they have been each very conscious that this was a scene that Winton had imagined and placed on paper over 20 years earlier.

In some of the shifting scenes in Winton’s 1997 novel Blueback, protagonist Abel cradles his aged mom within the water she loves. “We got here from the water,” the mom whispers to her baby. “We belong to her, Abel.”

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