Story and illustrations by  Ia Uaro.

Humour. Socio fiction. Coming-of-age. Love story.

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Sydney's Song

2013 Finalist in Humor

 

The Opening Chapter

 

Early November 1999
 
 
“This is how you cheat using an Orange Travelpass,” an Irish voice penetrated my gloomy thoughts.
I was standing against the wall outside the Asquith League Club at Waitara, where my training sessions for Sydney’s public-transport inbound call centre were held. This was the second Monday of my training at work. I can hardly tell you about the first week. I don’t remember much. My parents had abandoned me. The shock made me unaware of my surroundings. I had not noticed things...
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Non-Spoiler Excerpts

 

"To Pokolbin Prison, please," requested a woman in a very weak, barely audible low voice I could well relate to. A vision came to me of a gaunt, sickly, very depressed lady.
I worked out her travel plan. She had to catch a bus, two trains, and a bus again, for a three-hour journey. Then she asked, "How much would it cost for a pensioner and a three-year old?"
Tears gathered in my eyes. A poor young mother with a young child trying to visit her worthless husband at Christmas!
And she was not alone. "To John Moroney Prison, please," said a miserable mother.
"To Silverwater Correction Centre, please." A sad girlfriend.
"To Long Bay Jail, please." A wretched daughter.
Long-suffering souls requested travel plans for Lithgow Jail, Parklea Jail, Goulburn Jail - you name it.
Come to think of it, there was hardly a male caller wanting to visit a female prisoner. Either the men did not use public transport or they didn't bother to visit. What did this tell you? ...
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Spoiler Excerpt

 

“How will you cope... more

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"I was too busy laughing and crying at every twist and turn of this story."

— POZNANSKY on Sydney's Song

"The best story of true love and eternal partners I have ever read."

ANNA del C. DYE

on Sydney's Song

 

Sydney's Song—coming-of-age, humour, drama, love story. For both young adult and adult readers.

 

 

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