`Winton's writing is a heady blend of muscular description, deep sentiment and metaphysics' Sunday Telegraph A fishing trip marks the end of Jerra and Sean's friendship, although once, when they were younger and more innocent, it would have seemed unbelievable that the bond between them - first forged by their fathers, and later sealed with their blood - could ever be broken.
But growing up has meant growing apart, the differences between them widening, sharpening their teasing words into something crueller and less easy to forgive.
At once a haunting and a powerful exploration of the horrors and joys of adulthood, An Open Swimmer is also a meditation on past and present, a story of madness and murder, and of the punishing yet redemptive qualities of both fire and water. `His elegiac novels are uplifting and cathartic dissections of fractured men and women' Independent `Winton has a fine ear for both intimate and monumental scales of drama' Evening Standard
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/07/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330412582