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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up to the ABIA award-winning, international best-selling sensation Penguin Bloom.

The heart-warming Australian story Penguin Bloom - the miraculous tale of a baby magpie that helped save a young mother and her family - is a homegrown and international best seller, soon to be a major Hollywood movie, starring Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln.

Sam's personal message at the end of the book has resonated powerfully with listeners - where, pulling no punches, she writes about what it is really like to face life in a wheelchair.

In Sam Bloom, Sam tells her own story for the first time - how a shy but determined Australian girl became a nurse and travelled across Africa. How she fell in love with a like-minded free spirit, raised three boys and built a life together on Sydney's Northern Beaches. And then, in a single horrific moment, how everything changed.

Sam's journey back from the edge of death and the depths of despair is so much more than an account of overcoming adversity. Sam's captivating true story - written by a close friend, New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive - is humbling, heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure. A triumph of raw emotion and incredible beauty, Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong is a truly unforgettable book.

©2020 The Lost Bear Company Pty Ltd and Cameron Bloom (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A coffee-table book that will make hearts soar." (Daily Telegraph)

"A unique and remarkable insight into a family dealing with tragedy and finding their way through it with love, courage and hope." (Naomi Watts) 

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Not sure why a film has been made from this story. Take away the bird and it’s a story that’s shared by many others with disabilities through accidents.

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life is like gravel and diamonds it certainly is Sam Thank u for sharing your painful journey of strength and love for sweet Penguin looking forward to the movie and totally understand your love of the ocean 😊

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What an inspiration

Loved, loved, loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Such an inspirational and strong woman.

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Survival to the endth degree

I can't imagine the pain physically mentally or emotionally, but what I as the reader got to venture through Africa and it's people, your zest for life and the power of love from Penguin was other worldly. Thank you Sam, may your journey become a fortitude for many. I believe Angels do exist and Penguin was one of them. ❤

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Full heart!

The most beautiful book I’ve listened to in the longest time. I also believe in hope & Love and that anything is possible. Everyone needs to ready this book, more now than ever. Thanks Sam for sharing your story with us x

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Raw Honest Inspiration

Great insights in only 2.5 hours wonderfully written. A must for anyone human.Thanks Sam, I. Any wait for the movie.

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