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Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of fifteen in Hobart. Together they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive. Especially in their last, worst confrontation between good and evil.

Brilliantly evoking a time of struggle and triumph in the young colonies, Bryce Courtenay has created an unforgettable tale of the enduring bond between two brothers.

Reviews

Tommo & Hawk is blockbuster material ... It is impossible not to be impressed by Courtenay's talents. He is a superb storyteller.

Sunday Times (UK)

Dickens once said that he wrote not just to entertain, but to educate. Courtenay appears driven by similar motives.

Launceston Examiner

The novel is not just concerned with the hurdy-gurdy of history, but the ageless condition of mankind ... And just for good measure Courtenay throws in characters that both tempt and teach our boys; the whore with the heart of gold, the decent, indeed, noble, savage/s fighting colonial injustice and the real old-style villains ... it is cannily crafted.

Sunday Age

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143004578

    June 5, 2006

    Penguin

    696 pages

    RRP $24.99

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