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  • Published: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143203421
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

The Piper's Son




A brilliant, heart-wrenching novel about families, love and forgiveness from the internationally bestselling and multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta.

Two years after his favourite uncle was blown to bits in a London Tube station, Tom has hit rock bottom. He's quit uni and turned his back on his music and everyone that once mattered to him, including the girl he can't forget. But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, starts working at the Union pub with his former friends, and winds up living with his grieving, alcoholic father again.

In a year when everything's broken, Tom's in no shape to put the pieces back together. But what if no one else is either?

From internationally bestselling and award-winning author Melina Marchetta comes a brilliant, heart-wrenching novel continuing the story of the characters from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca.
Longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Queensland Premier's Literary Award
Shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Award: Older Readers
A CBCA Notable Book
Longlisted for the 2001 Golden Inky Award

  • Pub date: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143203421
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. She has published award-winning young adult, fantasy and crime fiction, including her acclaimed crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. The companion novel to Marchetta’s award-winning book Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son, also received much acclaim in Australia and internationally, and in 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for Jellicoe Road. She lives in Sydney.

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Praise for The Piper's Son

“The characters are alive and vibrant on every page of this perfectly crafted story about families, relationships, love and forgiveness”

Good Reading

“Outstanding fiction . . .”

The Sunday Age

“While it is a sequel to the brilliant Saving Francesca, The Piper's Son works as a stand-alone book. Indeed it's a story so full of heart – sorrowful, but warm and funny – it won't be easy to forget.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“'The Piper's Son left me breathless with heart pounding — it is a beautifully written love song about the flaws and strengths of family and the long journey of grief, about the love and laughter and disappointments that tie people together.' ”

A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy

“Tom's voice is utterly convincing and it's a satisfying experience to watch Marchetta take a broken fragmented and frequently unlikable character and piece him back together, word by word . . . Outstanding fiction.”

The Sunday Age

“'For all their talk of broken homes and migrant families, Marchetta's novels are fantasies of community and belonging.' ”

The Weekend Australian

“This story with its cast of rounded, beautifully crafted characters and dialogue shining with humor, pathos, and a vital spark, makes for a fiercely emotional and entertaining read.”

Bookseller and Publisher

“The characters are amazing. Flawed, realistic and loveable. I admit after reading Saving Francesca I had a bit of a crush on Thomas Mackee and this book didn't help with that.”

'Irresistible Reads


Awards & Recognition

  • Inky Awards

    Longlisted • 2010 • Gold Inky Award for an Australian Book

  • Queensland Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2010 • Young Adult Book

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2011 • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature

  • Prime Minister's Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2011 • Young Adult Fiction

  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2011 • Older Readers

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2011 • Older Readers


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