Author(s): Craig Silvey


The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones. 'Find out who you are, and live that life.' Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other. Honeybee is a heartbreaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show. At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering stepfather, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances. Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel, brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter - one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.

#18 Bestseller 2020 at Constant Reader



There is always a sense of apprehension and doubt starting a book such as this, which carries a decade’s weight of expectation. Jasper Jones left enormous shoes to fill, and whilst the premise of Honeybee is entirely different, it reaffirms Silvey’s talent for crafting an Australian narrative that will stand the test of time. It is a searingly honest depiction of a young person’s pain and struggle to reconcile their identity whilst experiencing immense pressure to embody someone they are not. Capturing the complexity of grief, familial love and the potential to be led astray by torn loyalties and addiction, this is a novel which at its core reveals the validation which comes from finally being seen and accepted as your true self. Just like its predecessor, Honeybee is a story which urges you to open your mind and your heart, and perhaps see a little more clearly as you walk in the shoes of another.


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Indie Book Awards 2021 Fiction Book of the Year




 Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His bestselling second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlisting. Jasper Jones was the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for 2010. Honeybee is his third novel.

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  • : 9781760877224
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : June 2019
  • : ---length:- '23.4'width:- '15.3'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Craig Silvey
  • : Paperback
  • : proof
  • : English
  • : 432