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Lines to the Horizon

Written by Sam Carmody, Sally Breen, Jake Sandtner, Mark Smith, Emily Brugman, and Madelaine Dickie


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From Gold Coast surf culture to the life and death relationships of humans to the sea; from surf travel in Mexico to Taj Burrow’s final campaign in Fiji, this collection features six authors writing about surf, and the ocean, in six very different ways. Their stories are reverential, energetic and mystical and between them cover thousands of kilometres of coastline, at home and away.


‘An anthology that celebrates the diversity of surf culture – the passion, the fear, the bliss and the pain. Glorious and insightful – words that speak to me.’ Favel Parrett.

‘Surfing is not just a sub-culture, it is culture, and here’s proof.’ Tim Winton

‘As this collection demonstrates, our horizons are unlimited …’ Jock Serong

'… the writing is never less than beautiful …' The West Australian

'This is an exciting collection of well-written stories and an examination of a rich culture.' The Newtown Review of Books

'Sam Carmody’s more introspective piece about the parallels between a hold-down and depression is an equally fine piece of writing, all the more powerful for its exploration of vulnerability.' The Saturday Age

'More than just a book about surfing, Lines to the Horizon is an honest, emotive and vibrant exploration of how the ocean has come to define our lives and our sense of self.' Writing WA

'… whether you are a kook or a grom this book is calling your name!' Underground Writers

ISBN 9781760990329 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories Father's Day 2021
Sport, Travel & Entertainment
Short Stories & Anthologies
New Releases
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 240
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    Sally Breen

    Sally Breen lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Her work has appeared widely in national and international journals and anthologies such as Asia Literary Review, Meanjin, Open Road Review, The Age, The Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, The Guardian UK, Verandah, Overland, The Australian, Hemingway Shorts and Griffith Review. She is a regular contributor to The Conversation. Sally is the author of The Casuals (2011) and Atomic City (2013), which was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Book of the Year in 2014. Sally is a senior lecturer in Writing and Publishing at Griffith University and a Griffith Review 2019 Queensland Writing Fellow. Read more

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    Emily Brugman

    Emily Brugman grew up surfing at Broulee, on the south coast of New South Wales. She currently lives in Mullumbimby, and works at Byron Writers Festival. She is a regular contributor to Tracks magazine, and her creative writing has appeared in Overland, Verity La, Tincture Journal, and the UTS Writers’ Anthology. She is currently working on her first novel. Read more

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    Sam Carmody

    Sam Carmody is a novelist and WAM Award winning songwriter from Western Australia. His first novel, The Windy Season, won the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and in 2018 he released his debut EP, Shadow in the Dream. He is currently based in Albany, Western Australia. Read more

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    Madelaine Dickie

    Madelaine Dickie has been writing since she was seven. Her first novel, Troppo, was published by Fremantle Press in 2016. It won the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and Barbara Jefferis Award. Red Can Origami is her second novel. It was written on Balangarra country, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan. Madelaine loves to travel. A surf-obsession has led Madelaine from Spain's Mundaka to Namibia's Skeleton Coast, to little-known waves in the Dominican Republic. She is studying Spanish and speaks Indonesian. Madelaine currently lives in Exmouth, WA. Read more

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    Jake Sandtner

    Jake Sandtner is currently completing a PhD at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Jake spends his day job in marketing and design. When not writing, you can find Jake cruising coastlines, enjoying a cold beer or disrupting his cat’s sleeping habits. He is a sucker for motorbikes, a half-hearted photographer, surf lover and a devoted bookworm. Read more

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    Mark Smith

    Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s west coast and has surfed for 45 years. His debut novel, The Road to Winter (2016), was shortlisted for multiple awards and is taught in schools around Australia. The sequel, Wilder Country (2017), won the 2018 Australian Indie Book Award for YA. The third book in the trilogy, Land of Fences, was published in 2019. Mark is also an award-winning writer of short fiction, with credits including the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and the Alan Marshall Short Story Prize, and his work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, The Big Issue, The Victorian Writer and The Australian. Read more