Late at night, 14yo Sam finds himself about to commit suicide. What stops him is the old bloke, Vic, smoking a cigarette at the other end of the overpass - also on the wrong side of the railings. Vic has his own problems, but he can't let Sam make such a big mistake, and his non-judgemental kindness gives Sam time and room to think things through. Sam is a sweet child struggling with his identity, and Vic has been carrying a sense of guilt and shame since his Vietnam days but as their friendship develops, each finds the strength and resilience to keep going and to help the other. There's still a lot for Sam to suffer, but he learns that there is help, and he learns eventually how to accept it… A beautiful story of friendship, redemption and self-acceptance, with truly believable characters you care about and wish only the best for! Lindy Jones
Jasper Jones was a multi-award winning Australian publishing sensation. Honeybee is the new novel from the very genial Australian author, Craig Silvey. Shipping Australia-wide & international.
"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 heartbreaking, 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.