Sarah Brill

Ep.165 Symphony for the Man by Sarah Brill. New releases with Cassie Hamer. Not Just Books, Burnie Tasmania. Pamela Freeman’s writing class

1999. Winter. Bondi. Harry’s been on the streets so long he could easily forget what time is. So Harry keeps an eye on it. Every morning. Then he heads to the beach to chat with the gulls. Or he wanders through the streets in search of food, clothes, Jules. When the girl on the bus sees him, lonely and cold in the bus shelter that he calls home, she thinks about how she can help. She decides to write a symphony for him.

So begins a poignant and gritty tale of homelessness and shelter, of the realities of loneliness and hunger, and of the hopes and dreams of those who often go unnoticed on our streets. This is the story of two outcasts – one a young woman struggling to find her place in an alien world, one an older man seeking refuge and solace from a life in tatters. It is also about the transformative power of care and friendship, and the promise of escape that music holds.

An uplifting and heartbreaking story that demands empathy. Amid the struggles to belong and fit in, we are reminded that small acts of kindness matter. And big dreams are possible.

Cassie Hamer – New releases and book awards cover

Fiction:   Miles Franklin Award: The Yield by Tara June Winch, Listen to my interview with Tara here

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle, The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, Kokomo by Victoria Hannan, A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Non-Fiction: The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku, How to be Australian by Ashley Kalagian Blunt.


Featured bookshop;  Chris Vitagliano from Not Just Book, Burnie Tasmania

Childrens:  Bluey – My Dad is Awesome – Bluey and Bingo
Middle Children readers:
   Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure – Jeff Kinney
   Gemma Riley and the Fashion Fiasco – Jules Van Mil
YA Readers:
    Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger (fans of Harry Potter – new series)
    Midnight Sun – Stephanie Meyer (part of the Twilight saga.  This is the prequel and Edward’s story)
   Paris Never Leaves you – Ellen Feldman
   The Bluffs – Kyle Perry
   Roughy by  Jarryd Roughead, Too Much and Never Enough – Mary L. Trump
   A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi by Genevieve Gates & David Ratkowsky
  The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku
Chris’s latest reads:
   The Happiest Man on Earth – very inspirational.
   Paris Never Leaves You – Ellen Feldman – currently reading and loving it.
Writing Class with Pamela Freeman: Character Development



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