Rudra is an Indian-Australian boy at a crossroads, poised to step into the world of adulthood and to discover his cultural heritage and how that might truly define him. A wonderful exploration of dual heritage, cultural identity, family and the power of storytelling.
SHORTLISTED: 2020 Prime Minister's Literary Award, Young Adult Fiction
The sea is inside his blood. Cursed, or blessed, on both sides.
When sixteen-year-old Rudra Solace dredges up a long-hidden secret in his father's trawl net, his life in the sleepy fishing village of Patonga shifts dramatically. It is not long before Rudra is leaving Australia behind, bound for India on a journey of discovery and danger.
A wonderfully compelling tale of belonging and loss, of saltwater and mangroves, of migration and accepting change; a story of decisions that, once made, break through family histories like a cyclone swell.
Neil Grant was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He spent many years slouching through Europe and Asia with a stack of notebooks until, in 2001, Allen & Unwin agreed to publish his first novel, Rhino Chasers. This was followed by Indo Dreaming in 2005, which saw him researching traditional whale-hunting, surf culture and two-minute noodles in Indonesia. In 2009, he travelled to Afghanistan to gather material for a book on asylum seekers, a journey that changed his life; The Ink Bridge was published in 2012. The Honeyman and the Hunter is based partly in India - the birthplace of his mother.
He divides his time between Diamond Creek, Victoria and Macmasters Beach on the Central Coast of NSW.
Shortlisted Best Young Adult Literature, Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2020 AU; Longlisted Best Book for Older Readers, CBCA Awards 2020 AU; Longlisted Best Designed Young Adult Cover, Australian Book Design Awards 2020 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
14 - 18
Children's, Teenage & educational