Winner TDK Australian Audio Book of the Year Awards / Audio Book for Young People 1998
Winner West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) / Hoffman Award 1999
Winner Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature / Senior Fiction 1998
Blueback is an achingly beautiful story about family, belonging, and living a life in tune with the environment, from Tim Winton, one of Australia’s best-loved authors.
Abel Jackson lives with his mother Dora at Longboat Bay, an isolated stretch of coast whose waters teem with fish. Theirs is a simple life. It’s tough. And at times it’s lonely. But Abel has friends in the sea, particularly the magnificent old groper he meets one day while diving for abalone.
Abel learns that the sea and its treasures are precious. And as Longboat Bay is threatened by greedy developers and overfishing, Abel and his mum wonder how they can keep their homeplace safe.
One of the great eco-fables of our time, Blueback is a story about defending the places and people you love. Its message has never been more timely or more urgent.
‘A beautiful story, beautifully told.’
The West Australian
‘In true fable style, this is a simple story, but one so beautiful, poignant and moving it is impossible to ignore.’