In the Winter Dark

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In the Winter Dark
Author and title, background is light shining through dark forest
First edition (publ. McPhee Gribble)
Author Tim Winton
Published 1988 (McPhee Gribble)
Media type Hardcover
Pages 132
ISBN 0-86914-045-0

In The Winter Dark is a 1988 novel by award-winning author Tim Winton.

Night falls. In a lonely valley called the Sink, four people prepare for a quiet evening. Then in his orchard, Murray Jaccob sees a moving shadow. Across the swamp, his neighbour Ronnie watches her lover leave and feels her baby roll inside her. And on the verandah of the Stubbses' house, a small dog is torn screaming from its leash by something unseen. Nothing will be the same again.

(from the dust jacket)

A very short novel, the 1988 hardback edition is approximately Penguin paperback sized and runs to 132 well-spaced pages.

A part of the novel in an earlier stage of evolution appeared in Antipodes (Journal).[1]


Starring Brenda Blethyn
Release dates 1998
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$100,635 (Australia)[2]

A low-budget, but highly regarded, feature film adaptation of the book was made in 1998. It starred Brenda Blethyn, Ray Barret, Richard Roxburgh and Miranda Otto and was directed by James Bogle.[3][4]


  1. ^ 1998 Edition legal page
  2. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 12 November 2012
  3. ^ Andrew L Urban, "BOGLE, JAMES : IN THE WINTER DARK", Urban Cinefile accessed 11 November 2012
  4. ^ "Interview with James Bogle", Signet, 7 October 1998 accessed 17 November 2012