|Publisher||Allen & Unwin, Australia|
|Preceded by||An Open Swimmer|
|Followed by||That Eye, The Sky|
The novel is set in 1978 in the fictional town of Angelus, Western Australia. The town is the last remaining remnant of Australia's whaling industry and the novel details the conflicts that arise as a group of outsiders, intent on closing down the whaling industry, come to town.
Marian Eldridge in The Canberra Times was impressed with the work: "It is a book resonant with meanings. On the surface it looks at a contemporary situation, a year-old relationship under strain as one partner becomes an active conservationist and the other an uncommitted, embarrassed observer. Whatever one decides the novel is saying, Shallows is a satisfying book."
1985 Joint Winner Western Australian Premier's Book Award - Fiction.
- "Young Men and the Sea", Carolyn See, The Washington Post, June 27, 2008; Page C05
- "'Shallows' complex, disturbing" by Marian Eldridge, The Canberra Times, 9 March 1985, p16
- "Franklin award to Winton", The Canberra Times, 15 May 1985, p24
- "Tim Winton Author Bio". Booktopia. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
|Awards and achievements|
No Award (1983)
Just Relations (1982)
| Miles Franklin Award recipient
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