Boffins Books in collaboration with the State Library of Western Australia are delighted to host Craig Silvey for an in-conversation event on Honeybee.
Craig will be in-conversation with radio presenter Gillian O'Shaughnessy.
Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives changed by a chance encounter - one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to perservere, and when to be merciful.
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 pettly thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.
At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient yound 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.
Can't make it? We'll happily have a copy of Craig Silvey's 'Honeybee' signed for you. Simply contact us via phone, email, online and in-store and we'll take care of the rest.
Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia.
His critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubard, 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 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.