Shortlist year: 
2011
Shortlist category: 
Young adult literature
Published by: 
Penguin Random House

About the book

Bookcover: The piper's son by Melina Marchetta, 2011.

Two years after his favourite uncle was blown to bits in a London Tube station, Tom has hit rock bottom. He's quit uni and turned his back on his music and everyone that once mattered to him, including the girl he can't forget. But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, starts working with his former friends, and winds up living with his grieving, alcoholic father again.

In a year when everything's broken, Tom's in no shape to put the pieces back together. But what if no one else is either?