Honeybee by Craig Silvey – Our Review


ABIA Longlist 2021 – Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2021

Our Review…

A boy hanging onto life by a thread. Confronting and hauntingly tender, Honeybee should be read by all who have young teenagers in their lives.

Fourteen year old Sam Watson knows he should have been born a girl. At the end of his tether he looks across the bridge he is is about to leap off when he meets the eyes of Vic, a man who has lived alone too long.

Together they will embark on a journey to understand their place and relevance in a world that seems to have abandoned them.

Teenagers are complex beings.
Craig Silvey wrote Jasper Jones fame – a novel that has sold over 800,000 copies and been made into both a play and a movie. Like fellow West Australian Tim Winton, he seems to have an instinctive insight into the mind of a young teen and Sam Watson’s voice rings authentically true.

Beautiful and utterly relevant, this is a remarkable novel in that while it explores dark places and anguish, it is ultimately uplifting. A fabulous read.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books