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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.

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

'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

Reviews

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.

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143203421

    January 4, 2016

    Penguin

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780670074235

    March 1, 2010

    Viking

    336 pages

    RRP $24.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742530444

    March 1, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    336 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • eBooks
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Awards and Recognition

  • Inky Awards
    2010
    Longlisted
    Gold Inky Award for an Australian Book
  • Queensland Literary Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Young Adult Book
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
  • Prime Minister's Literary Award
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Young Adult Fiction
  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
    2011
    Shortlisted
    Older Readers
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    2011
    Notable Book
    Older Readers

Also by Melina Marchetta

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
The Complete Lumatere Chronicles
Looking for Alibrandi: Australian Children's Classics
Quintana of Charyn
Froi of the Exiles
Gorgon in the Gully: Pocket Money Puffin
Finnikin of the Rock
On the Jellicoe Road
Saving Francesca
Looking for Alibrandi

Recommendations

Undercover Princess
Love, Simon
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Turtles All the Way Down
Everything, Everything
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Thirteen Reasons Why
A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
How To Be A Bawse
Girl Online: Going Solo
Two Wolves
Our Australian Girl: The Lina Stories
Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories
The Story Of Tom Brennan
Fish In A Tree
Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
Alice-Miranda At School 1