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The story of a drunk, a boy and a cat.
Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the streets where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the windowsill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a ten-year-old near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

Through telling Ryan the story of Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia as seen through Trim's eyes, Billy is drawn deeply into Ryan's life and into the Sydney underworld.
Matthew Flinders' Cat is a modern-day story of friendship and redemption by internationally bestselling author Bryce Courtenay.

' … there is no doubt that [Courtenay] has the power to tell a good yarn.' Sydney Morning Herald

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143004639

    August 28, 2006

    Penguin

    592 pages

    RRP $24.95

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  • EBook

    9781742280660

    August 28, 2006

    Penguin eBooks

    588 pages

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Also by Bryce Courtenay

The Power Of One
The Silver Moon
The Power of One: Australian Children's Classics
Australian Trilogy bind-up
Jack Of Diamonds
April Fool's Day: Popular Penguins
Fortune Cookie
The Power of One: Popular Penguins
The Story Of Danny Dunn
Fishing For Stars
The Persimmon Tree
Sylvia
A Recipe for Dreaming
Four Fires
Jessica
Smoky Joe's Cafe
April Fool's Day
Potato Factory
Tommo And Hawk
Tommo & Hawk
The Family Frying Pan
Whitethorn
Brother Fish
Solomon's Song

Recommendations

The Golden House
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Tiger Men
The Bear and The Nightingale
Swing Time
Spin the Bottle
Breath
Ready Player One
On Chesil Beach
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles