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The highly anticipated new novel by the best-selling author of Jasper Jones. 

Find out who you are, and live that life.

Late in the night, 14-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below.

At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette.

The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.

Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.

At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.

Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter - one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere and when to be merciful as Sam learns when to let go and when to hold on.

©2020 Craig Silvey (P)2020 W F Howes

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Heartfelt

Beautiful story Craig Silvey. A beautiful book so well written and Descriptive of a boy trying to fit into this world. Obviously well researched to show us the life of a troubled but adorable character. Honeybee is a wonderful human being and right till the end his lovely nature shone through to give us the perspective we need to have.

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Intensely riveting, exquisitely narrated

Sam's story covers so much territory. His struggle for survival at the most basic level is an intense roller-coaster ride . The narrator skilfully guides us through the tumult, creating authentic characterisations, capturing the tenderness, chaos and cruelty of the journey. Most importantly, we experience the heartbreak of having to continually deny who you really are.

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Simply glorious

Without doubt, the best book I have listened to in a very, very long time.

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One you wont forget

A beautiful story, insightful and kind, an inspirational story though sad at times. Very well read.

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wonderful

Loved this book. Wonderful story, a main character that you genuinely care about and I was dragged into the emotional rollercoaster that is Sam's life. Thank you Craig Silvey for this great book

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Innovative storyline of our day

The booked is very well paced, introducing a variety of wonderful characters with great storylines. Also capturing a lot of what is relevant and happening for young people today. Bubbling down to the message of 'Kindness and giving being a key to life'.

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Beautiful, moving, heartbreaking

The most heartbreakingly beautiful book I’ve read in a long time. If only it didn’t end.

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I need more Honeybee!

Such a beautiful story of survival with complex relationships and larger than life characters. I want more - I need there to be a follow up book - not ready to let Honeybee go!

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Amazing!!

Wow! I couldn’t stop listening. This book has all the feels and is full of love and strength and compassion. Everyone should read this one!

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Wow!!!!

Emotional, thought provoking, heart-warming. I feel like a better person for having read this book. A real privilege.

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