The Ink Bridge
Omed is a boy from Afghanistan. After making an enemy of the Taliban on the day the Buddhas of Bamiyan are destroyed, he undertakes a perilous journey to seek asylum in Australia. Hector is a grieving Australian boy who has given up on school and retreated into silence. Their paths meet at a candle factory where they both find work. But secrets fester behind the monotonous routine of assembling wax and wicks - secrets with terrible consequences. And, ultimately, it is up to Hector to see how the story ends. Omed's and Hector's beautifully told and compelling journeys will grip hold of your heart and not let go.
CBCA Shortlist 2013
Winner of Queensland Literary Awards: Griffith University Young Adult Book Award 2012. Commended for NSW Premier's Literary Award Ethel Turner Prize 2013 and Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Awards: Christina Stead Award 2012. Shortlisted for Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: Young Adult Fiction 2014 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Older Readers 2013 and West Australian Young Reader's Book Awards: Older Readers' Award 2012.
Neil Grant was born in Scotland in the Year of the Fire Horse. He learnt to speak Australian at the age of thirteen when he migrated to Melbourne to ride kangaroos. He finished high school at the International School of Kuala Lumpur then spent years blundering through Indonesia, Israel, Yugoslavia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Greece, Italy, the UK and Tasmania. To research The Ink Bridge , he travelled (quietly) through Afghanistan. Sometimes he escapes to write and dream in a mudbrick cottage he built himself on the Far South Coast of NSW. Neil has three children and lives in Cottles Bridge, Victoria.