The Piper's Son

Author:   Melina Marchetta
Publisher:   Penguin Books Australia
ISBN:  

9780670074235


Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 March 2010
Format:   Paperback
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Award-winning author Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching novel The Piper's Son continues the story of the group from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving. Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world. But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death. And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them. Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award 'Melina Marchetta is a god of the written word.' sassisamblog.com 'Elegantly crafted with a distinctly Australian voice.' Madison 'The characters are alive and vibrant on every page of this perfectly crafted story about families, relationships, love and forgiveness.' Good Reading 'For Marchetta fans, this follow-up book is like catching up with old friends down at the local; we know and love them, we've missed them and now they've returned, just like we've always known they would.' Alpha Reader Blogspot 'By no means a sequel, The Piper's Son is a stunning stand alone novel. But when you already know the characters, it adds a certain something to the experience. Having grown up with Melina Marchetta, it seems her characters have grown up with me too.' Fairfield Books on Station 'When you open the cover of a Melina Marchetta novel you have certain expectations. If you're a newbie, you expect to be blown away. If you've read her work before, you expect character depth, memorable dialogue and an intriguing family full of skeletons, battened down resentments and fierce love. The Piper's Son will meet both criteria with aplomb. pernicketysnark.com 'With all the emotion and family dramas we've come to expect from Ms Marchetta, The Piper's Son is another one of her sure-to-be-cult novels.' Dolly 'Outstanding fiction . . .' The Sunday Age 'Marchetta is an outstanding writer.' Herald Sun 'The Piper's Son provides an interesting insight into contemporary urban life and its issues, with focus on the music scene.' The Courier Mail 'it's the type of book where the words morph, bottom out, and all of a sudden everyone and everything is three-dimensional. they hold substance. they hold the characters. and they're full. and they spiral out beautifully. heartbreakingly...... so true. and so australian. and so real. and so family. beautiful to it's core. painfully so.' theuncommonnonsense/blogspot.com 'I cannot wait until our Year 8s are Year 12s so that I might share this novel with them. Rich with topics for discussion, it is worthy of becoming a class text, studied, debated, argued and appreciated. The Piper's Son has some of the loveliest, endearing and most authentic characters I have read in a long while. I love the Finch Mackees and their 'people'. I love them all. And more than anything, I want to BE one of them.' bookgryffin.globalteacher.org.au

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Author:   Melina Marchetta
Publisher:   Penguin Books Australia
Imprint:   Viking Australia
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 23.00cm
Weight:   0.436kg
ISBN:  

9780670074235


ISBN 10:   0670074233
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 March 2010
Audience:   Young adult ,  Teenage / Young adult
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Tom's aunt Georgie spoke to me first, and Tom found me through her. At the time, I didn't actually think Tom was a big enough character to carry a story. If it had to be anyone from Saving Francesca, I thought, it would be Will Trombal or Tara. But the line in Francesca, 'I want to be the first male in the Mackee family to reach 40 and still have a liver' stuck with me, and in the end, Tom has been one of the biggest surprises. I'm glad I didn't kick him out of my head. <br>- Melina Marchetta -- Quote


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Melina Marchetta is one of Australia's most successful writers of young-adult fiction and is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author in more than twenty countries and in eighteen languages. In 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for On the Jellicoe Road, and Melina's screenplay for this book is currently set to be made into a major film with an international cast to be directed by Looking for Alibrandi director Kate Woods. Melina has written for ABC-TV's Dance Academy. Finnikin of the Rock, Book One of the Lumatere Chronicles,was first published in Australia in 2008, followed in 2010 by the companion novel to her award-winning book Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son, long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award and short-listed for many other literary awards in Australia and internationally. Melina is also the author of The Gorgon in the Gully, which takes up the story of On the Jellicoe Road's Jonah Griggs's family, and stars his younger brother Danny in this story for younger readers. Book Two in the Lumatere Chronicles, Froi of the Exiles, was published in 2011, and Book Three, Quintana of Charyn, was published in 2012. 2012 also marked the twenty-year anniversary of Melina Marchetta's first novel Looking for Alibrandi, the much-loved Au

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