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 https://cassiehamer.com/
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 https://www.notjustbooks.com.au/