Late in the night, fourteen-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.
By now you’ve probably seen a lot of booksellers raving about this one… but we are just SO excited to have @craigsilveyauthor’s latest on the shelf at last. The advance reading copy made its way through our staff, and we have all loved it. It’s a very tender, thoughtful, and dignified novel, and Silvey has done a wonderful job at writing a story that is not necessarily ‘his’. This attests, I think, to the notion that it is certainly possible to write outside one’s own lived experience with integrity and respect. It’s an exciting, emotional coming-of-age story that I believe will delight readers across ages and experiences. I don’t think I can recommend it enough! Surely, like Jasper Jones, Honeybee will endure as a modern Australian classic. – Luka