The Bamboo Flute by Garry Disher

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'musical and haunting' Publisher's Weekly

Paul is a dreamer, his head alive with rippling pianos, gentle violins and the smiles of Margaret, the one he loves. But in the cold light of day, Margaret snubs him at school, the piano has been sold, his father is battling to keep the farm, and dejected men are tramping the roads…looking for work, a sandwich, a cup of tea…

No one has time for music or dreams. Then Eric the Red comes along. Eric the Red, with his silver flute, his knowing wink and boots held together with wire. Eric the Red, just a step ahead of the law. Eric the Red, who knows how to make a flute from a piece of bamboo…

The Bamboo Flute is an evocative story of hardship, hope, respect and recognition, set during the Depression. Amongst many acclamations it has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year for Younger Readers.

About Garry Disher

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Garry Disher is one of Australia's best-known novelists. He's published over 40 books in a range of genres, including crime, children's books, and Australian history. His Hal Challis series is also published in the US by Soho Crime. He lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne.

Author Residence: Melbourne, Australia
Published January 1, 1992 by Angus & Robertson. 82 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The somber legacy of WW I adds depth to the theme: Eric, the teacher, and Paul's embittered father are all veterans, each scarred in his own way;

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When a swagman (drifter) takes an interest in Paul and teaches him how to carve a flute from bamboo, Paul's dreams of being special, of releasing the music that vibrates within him, finally take wing.

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