Matthew Flinder's Cat

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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 28, 2006 - Fiction - 588 pages
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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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I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written story. It was an interesting insight into what alcoholism can be like. It was heart-warming to read of the friendship between Billy and Ryan. I enjoyed ... Read full review

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Reviewed by Mary Monks for The Reviewers I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a real “page turner”! The author created very real characters and as a reader I felt very involved in their ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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

The Silver Moon: Reflections and Stories on Life, Death and Writingis being published in November 2014.

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