Shallows – Tim Winton

Another Western Australian novel by Tim Winton. A slimmer volume than Cloudstreet, but with a narrower focus. It’s set in the waning days of the fictional whaling town of Angelus, casting glances back over the area’s 150 years since the first white whalers arrived. Not so much of the mythical here, but a candid telling of the old clashing with the new.

I suspect that it’s based on the real South Western town of Albany, where Hazel and I spent a solemn afternoon at the whaling museum, and a more uplifting few hours visiting the geographical marvels along the coast, which the book mentions too.

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