Katie and Matt are champion ocean swimmers, who love nothing better than a challenge that will test their training and skills to the limit. But even the toughest Sydney beach is nothing compared with the course of events mapped out for them by their parents! Effi and Christie live in another world - intense, funny, often overheated and far removed from the coast in so many ways. And when those two worlds meet, in an unforgettable blend of love and loss, violence and poetry, only the strongest will succeed in swimming against the tide. Set against the rising ethnic tensions that culminated in Sydney's Cronulla riots, this brilliant novel explores the meanings of family, friendship and community.
Irini Savvides grew up in Sydney, lucky enough to live in an extended Greek Cypriot family. Her great grandmother was the voice of stories in her childhood and Irini believes she was always destined to be an English teacher. She holds several degrees and has written a number of novels. Her first, Willow Tree and Olive, received a White Raven at Bologna 2002, Winner Diversity in Health Award 2002 and Young Adult Audio Book of the Year 2002. That year she was named as one of the finalists for the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year Award.