The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones.
'Find out who you are, and live that life.'
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.
Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.
At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances.
Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter -- one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.
To celebrate the release of Honeybee, Craig will do a series of real-life events in his home state of WA, alongside a set of intimate virtual events with some great in conversation partners.
Tuesday 13th of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Brooke Davis Bunbury Senior High School Library 3 Haig Cres, Bunbury WA 6230 12.30 pm – 2 pm (AWST) Presented in conjunction with Collins Booksellers Physical event RSVP here
Tuesday 13th of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Brooke Davis The Esplanade Hotel Busselton 30-38 Marine Terrace, Busselton WA 6280 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (AWST) Presented in conjunction with Dymocks Busselton Physical event SOLD OUT
Tuesday 13th of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Brooke Davis The Esplanade Hotel Busselton 30-38 Marine Terrace, Busselton WA 6280 8.00 pm (AWST) Presented in conjunction with Dymocks Busselton Physical event RSVP here
Wednesday 14th of October: Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival Craig Silvey in conversation with Brooke Davis The River Hotel 40 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River WA 6285 7 pm – 9 pm (AWST) Presented in conjunction with Margaret River Bookshop Physical event SOLD OUT
Thursday 15th of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Brooke Davis Centennial Stadium 156 Lockyer Ave, Centennial Park WA 6330 5 pm – 8 pm (AWST) Presented in conjunction with Paperbark Merchants Albury Physical event RSVP here
Friday 16th of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Ben Hobson Virtual Event: Avid Reader 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (AEST) Virtual event RSVP here
Monday 19th of October: Virtual Event: Better Read Than Dead Craig Silvey in conversation with Melanie Kembrey 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (AEDT) Virtual event RSVP here $4 from every ticket sold will be donated to an organisation supporting the LGBTQI community.
Tuesday 20th of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Meri Fatin All Saints Auditorium Ewing Ave, Bull Creek WA 6149 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (AWST) Presented in conjunction with Dymocks Garden City Booragoon Physical event RSVP here
Thursday 22nd of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Kate Mayor Virtual Event: Dymocks Chapter One 8 pm – 9 pm (AEST) Virtual event Live stream at the time of the event here
Friday 23rd of October: Craig Silvey in conversation with Maureen Eppen Don Russell Performing Arts Centre Lot 13 Murdoch Rd, Thornlie WA 6108 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (AWST) Presented in conjunction with Westbooks Physical event RSVP here
Sunday 25th of October: Virtual Event: Yarra Valley Writers Festival, New Release Sunday Session 4 pm (AEDT) RSVP here
Tuesday 27th of October Virtual event: Craig Silvey in conversation with Hamish MacDonald The State Library of NSW 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm (AEDST) RSVP here
Monday 4th of November: A Bendigo Writers Festival "Bendigo Bookclub" zoom conversation, hosted by Sarah Mayor Cox with livechat 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (WDST) Virtual event RSVP here
Wednesday 11th of November: Craig Silvey in Conversation with Canon Frank Sheehan Christ Church Grammar School Ethics Centre Anne Day of the Lane Bookshop Centre for Ethics at CCGS 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm (WST) Physical event RSVP here
about the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Photographer credit: Daniel James Grant
Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia.
His critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His bestselling second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisting. Jasper Jones was the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for 2010.