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To become a whale /

Hobson, Ben,

To become a whale / Ben Hobson. - Sydney, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017. - 394 pages ; 24 cm.

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To Become a Whale tells the story of 13-year-old Sam Keogh, whose mother has died. Sam has to learn how to live with his silent, hitherto absent father, who decides to make a man out of his son by taking him to work at Tangalooma, then the largest whaling station in the southern hemisphere. What follows is the devastatingly beautiful story of a gentle boy trying to make sense of the terrible reality of whaling and the cruelty and alienation of his new world, the world of men. Set around Moreton Island and Noosa in 1961, To Become a Whale tells the story of 13-year-old Sam Keogh, whose mother has died. Sam has to learn how to live with his silent, hitherto absent father, who decides to make a man out of his son by taking him to work at Tangalooma, then the largest whaling station in the southern hemisphere. What follows is the devastatingly beautiful story of a gentle boy trying to make sense of the terrible reality of whaling and the cruelty and alienation of his new world, the world of men.


Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane and is entirely keen on his wife, Lena, and their two small boys, Charlie and Henry. He currently teaches English and Music at Bribie Island State High School. In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella prize, run by Seizureonline. To Become a Whale is his first novel.

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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Bildungsromans.
Whaling stations--Fiction.
Fathers and sons--Fiction.
Single fathers--Australia--Fiction.
Life change events--Fiction.
Whaling stations--Australia--Fiction.
Whaling--Australia--Queenslands--Fiction.
Nineteen sixties--Fiction.
Mothers--Death--Fiction.
Teenage boys--Fiction.
Whaling--Fiction.
Australian fiction.
Coming of age--Fiction.
Grief--Fiction.


Noosa Island (Qld.)--Fiction.
Australia--Social life and customs--20th century--Fiction.
Moreton Island (Qld.)--History--Fiction.
Noosa Heads (Qld.)--History--Fiction.
Moreton Island (Qld.)--Fiction.
Noosa Heads (Qld.)--Fiction.

Australian


Australian stories--Print --Adult fiction
Bildungsromans.
Australian fiction
Bildungsromans
Australian fiction--21st century
Bildungsromans.

PR9619.4.H6345 / T63 2017

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