Matthew Flinder's Cat

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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 28, 2006 - Fiction - 588 pages
19 Reviews

The story of a drunk, a boy and a cat

Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a ten-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

Through telling Ryan the story of Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia as seen through Trim's eyes, Billy is drawn deeply into Ryan's life and into the Sydney underworld.

A modern-day story of friendship and redemption by an internationally bestselling author.

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My other complaint with the book was the ending. - Goodreads
Courtney writes a good yarn. - Goodreads
An easy yarn that will entertain. - Goodreads

Review: Matthew Flinders' Cat

User Review  - Hearth - Goodreads

Realistic portrayal of alcoholism and recovery--not too many artistic licenses taken. The stories about the cat provide a break from the grimness of the subject matter. First book I've read by this author. I listened to the audio version of the book, which I enjoyed. Read full review

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User Review  - Beck Vella - Goodreads

Whilst I think the overall concept of the story is interesting and original, I found the book drawn out and tedious. It didn't captivate me in the slightest. The Australian derelict lingo was cliched and the ending was quite abrupt and predictable. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn and Fortune Cookie.

The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries.

Bryce Courtenay lives in Canberra.

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