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Matthew Flinders' Cat (edition 2002)

by Bryce Courtenay

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Title:Matthew Flinders' Cat
Authors:Bryce Courtenay
Info:Viking Australia (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
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By co-incidence I saw Flinders' cat Trim the other day.......


he's on the roof of the State Library of New South Wales and is easy to miss if you don't know he's there. (In reality he circumnavigated the world with Flinders and met his untimely death marooned on the island of Mauritius.)

just near Flinders' statue.......


Bryce's inspiration is not far fetched as that particular spot by the Flinders' statue had two homeless people huddled underneath, and St. James station subway has many more. It's quite sad in a city of plenty to see.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
A fun read. Not exactly the most realistic portrayal of alcoholism and homelessness but it's a very engaging story. ( )
  WindyMountain | Dec 10, 2006 |
Matthew Flinder's Cat is the story of a Sydney hobo and a young delinquent boy who meet outside Sydney's Mitchell Library. Outside the library is a statue of the famous navigator Matthew Flinders and also a statue of his cat "Trim" who sailed with him on his circumnavigation of Australia.The hobo and the boy strike up an unlikely friendship and the hobo tells the story to the boy of Matthew Flinder's epic voyage. ( )
  NobbysBeachBookExch | Oct 15, 2006 |
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Alcoholism, homelessness, family alienation, paedophilia, child neglect and corruption in the official systems of Australian society all wrapped in a story linked to the history voyages of Matthew Flinders and his love of his ship's cat. It has it all and such a good read.
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Engangered street kid /
Wakens lawyer from park bench /
Trim tales promote fix.
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Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a ten-year-old, a near street kid heading for all the usual trouble. The two meet and form an unlikely friendship.… (more)

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