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After an eleven-year wait, Allen & Unwin are thrilled to publish Honeybee, the new book by beloved Australian author Craig Silvey, in October. The most eagerly awaited book of 2020, Honeybee is set to continue the success of modern classic and international bestseller Jasper Jones, which has sold over 400,000 copies in Australia and 600,000 copies around the world.

‘Craig has written a beautiful, transformative novel brimming with love, compassion and courage. It’s been a long time coming for all those readers who so adored Japer Jones, but I’m sure they’ll agree Honeybee is worth the wait. It’s a stunning and deeply moving novel.’

Jane Palfreyman, A&U Publisher


Well, it’s been a while…

I put everything I have into writing Honeybee. It tore me up, but it filled me with joy. I’m enormously proud of it. It’s a very sincere, hopeful book, heart-breaking and life-affirming.

I want to genuinely thank you for supporting my work over the years. I can’t begin to convey just how much it has meant to me, or the depth of gratitude I feel. I’m so looking forward to you reading Honeybee, and to speaking with you about it when we eventually emerge from this period of isolation.


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.


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. The stage adaptation of Jasper Jones was produced by no less than five different companies, who all performed separate sell-out productions, the Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Belvoir, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, and the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

Honeybee is his third novel.

Follow Craig Silvey on Instagram  and Facebook


Honeybee will be supported by a national tour. For further information on interviews and events with Craig, please contact Allen & Unwin Publicity.


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