The Piper's Son
Two years after his favourite uncle was blown to bits in a London Tube station, Tom has hit rock bottom. He's quit uni and turned his back on his music and everyone that once mattered to him, including the girl he can't forget. But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, starts working at the Union pub with his former friends, and winds up living with his grieving, alcoholic father again.
In a year when everything's broken, Tom's in no shape to put the pieces back together. But what if no one else is either?
From internationally bestselling and award-winning author Melina Marchetta comes a brilliant, heart-wrenching novel continuing the story of the characters from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca.
Longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Award: Older Readers
A CBCA Notable Book
Longlisted for the 201 Golden Inky Award
Praise for The Piper's Son:
'The characters are alive and vibrant on every page of this perfectly crafted story about families, relationships, love and forgiveness.' Good Reading
'While it is a sequel to the brilliant Saving Francesca, The Piper's Sonworks as a stand-alone book. Indeed it's a story so full of heart - sorrowful, but warm and funny - it won't be easy to forget.' The Sydney Morning Herald
'The Piper's Sonleft me breathless with heart pounding - it is a beautifully written love song about the flaws and strengths of family and the long journey of grief, about the love and laughter and disappointments that tie people together.' A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy
'Tom's voice is utterly convincing and it's a satisfying experience to watch Marchetta take a broken fragmented and frequently unlikable character and piece him back together, word by word . . . Outstanding fiction.' The Sunday Age
'For all their talk of broken homes and migrant families, Marchetta's novels are fantasies of community and belonging.' The Weekend Australian
'This story with its cast of rounded, beautifully crafted characters and dialogue shining with humor, pathos, and a vital spark, makes for a fiercely emotional and entertaining read.'Bookseller and Publisher
'The characters are amazing. Flawed, realistic and loveable. I admit after reading Saving FrancescaI had a bit of a crush on Thomas Mackee and this book didn't help with that.'Irresistible Reads
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