I was quite taken aback by how much I liked this book. I’d never desired to read Winton before or since. Every time I pick up one of his books and flick through it, it says don’t read me. This one, though, was a basic IQ test. I’d noticed the paperback in David Jones book department for $20. In the grocery section they had the hardcover for $5. It was a no brainer.
The format is clever, the WA coast is wonderfully depicted, it’s emotionally harrowing. What more could you want? It even has good advice for bridge players and not many novels since the 1930s have that going for them. As good a $5 as I’ve ever invested in a book.