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  • Published: 5 June 2006
  • ISBN: 9780143004578
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $30.00

Tommo & Hawk


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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.

  • Pub date: 5 June 2006
  • ISBN: 9780143004578
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704
  • RRP: $30.00

About the Author

Bryce Courtenay

The Late Bryce Courtenay was the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie, Jack of Diamonds and The Silver Moon: Reflections and Stories on Life, Death and Writing. The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries.

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Praise for Tommo & Hawk

“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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