Symphony for the Man

Sarah Brill

Symphony for the Man
Spinifex Press
2 March 2020

Symphony for the Man

Sarah Brill

It’s winter 1999 and Harry is homeless in Bondi, with seagulls for company and just a small plastic bag containing all his possessions. When the girl on board the bus sees him, lonely and cold in the bus shelter that he calls home, she thinks about how she can help. She decides to write a symphony for him.

So begins a poignant and gritty tale of homelessness and shelter, of the realities of loneliness and hunger, and of the hopes and dreams of those who often go unnoticed on our streets. This is the story of two outcasts - one a young woman struggling to find her place in an alien world, one an older man seeking refuge and solace from a life in tatters. It is also about the transformative power of care and friendship, and the promise of escape that music holds.

An uplifting and heartbreaking story that demands empathy. Amid the struggles to belong and fit in, we are reminded that small acts of kindness matter. And big dreams are possible.      

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