Abel Jackson's boyhood belongs to a vanishing world. On an idyllic stretch of coast whose waters teem with fish, he lives a simple, tough existence. It's just him and his mother in the house at Longboat Bay, but Abel has friends in the sea, particularly the magnificent old groper he meets when diving.
As the years pass, things change, but one thing seems to remain constant: the greed of humans. When the modern world comes to his patch of sea, Abel wonders what can stand in its way.
Blueback is a deceptively simple allegory about a boy who matures through fortitude, and finds wisdom through living in harmony with all forms of life. It is a beautiful distillation of Winton's art and concerns.
'In true fable style, this is a simple story, but one so beautiful, poignant and moving it is impossible to ignore.' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Winton . . . convince[s] us of the preciousness of our oceans not through lectures but through his characters' steady wonder.' NEW YORK TIMES
'Winton is a true storyteller who digs deep into nature's soul to procure his images.' HERALD SUN