Matthew Flinder's Cat

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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 28, 2006 - Fiction - 588 pages
58 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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Fast paced story : enjoyed the plot. - Goodreads
An easy yarn that will entertain. - 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  - Jody - Goodreads

Despite the title this is not actually a story about Matthew Flinders cat, but a story about someone telling a story about Matthew Flinders cat. This was a book club novel, so to be honest, not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Linda Tuplin - Goodreads

I had mixed feelings about this book. The story line was good but could have used some added depth. I feel like I never really got to know the characters, just superficially. The plot was kind of ... 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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