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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Fast paced story : enjoyed the plot. - Goodreads
An easy yarn that will entertain. - Goodreads
Bruce Courtenay was a very talented writer! - Goodreads
This book was emotional but it had a very happy ending. - Goodreads
Epilogue a bit too much of a fairytale ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jas - Goodreads

personally, I like a book that has a good, summed up ending. where there are no questions unanswered. this was not one of them. I liked the storyline and it actually gave a good insight to the lives ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kimberley - Goodreads

I haven't enjoyed a book this much for a while. Bruce Courtenay was a very talented writer! The core characters are very likeable and I could really picture them with the use of their language or ... Read full review

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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, 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 Writing is being published in November 2014.

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