Our Top Two Favourite Quotes From The Piper’s Son

‘“Later, when they were almost asleep he had called out to her.
‘We’ll make a great team. You plant. I build.”’- Tom and Tara, pg 211

“Ned?’ he says, after a while. ‘Oi, Ned?’

‘If someone says to you that the guy they’re going out with doesn’t have to prove how smart he is, what’s your response?’
‘That he’s dumb.’
‘And if he has a sixpack?’
‘Dumb jock.’
‘Not too intense.’
‘Dumb jock with no personality.’
‘And they see eye to eye?’
Ned pauses. ‘With the spitfire from Dili?’
Same,’ Tom corrects.
Ned holds up a hand to where Tara would reach him in height.
‘Dumb jock with no personality and short-man syndrome.’
‘Thanks, Ned.’
‘Anytime.”’ – Tom and Ned, pg 213


The Piper’s Son – The Playlist

What’s Up Pussycat – Tom Jones

Space Oddity – David Bowie

Surfing With The Alien – Joe Satriani

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Here If You Want – The Waifs

London Still – The Waifs

The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice

If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett

Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly

If I Could Fly – Joe Satriani

Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors – Editors

Samson – Regina Spektor

Set Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Crazy Train – The Waifs

To Her Door – Paul Kelly

This Year’s Love – David Gray

The Final Countdown – Europe

Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

Viva Las Vegas – Elvis

Sk8r Boi – Avril Lavigne

I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Jesus Christ Superstar

I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Your Ex-Lover Is Dead – Stars

32 Flavours – Ani DiFranco

Union  City Blues – Blondie


(Also posted on our playlists page).

The Piper’s Son – The Places We Couldn’t Go

The places we could visit from TPS was largely impacted by the fact that a road trip to Brisbane takes place within the story. While this undoubtedly adds to the awesomeness of the story, it also left us at a disadvantage as we had already road tripped to Sydney. Going on to Brisbane would have been some kind of Inception-like experience – road trip within a road trip. Basically, we didn’t have time to travel all the way to Brisbane.  So the places we couldn’t go are;

1. Brisbane (of course)

2. DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, where Jacinta Louise works).

3. City Cat to Riverside (When Tom takes Annabel for ice cream).

4,5 & 6. Lennox Head, Byron and Coffs Harbour (all visited on the drive).

7. Mudgee. (Tom spends a family vacation here). While not in Brisbane, this was still too far to visit.

8. Albury/Wodonga (where Nanni Grace and Pop Bill live). We did go through Albury/Wodonga, however we didn’t get a photo.

9. Cafe La Scala (Georgie meets her friends here). This is said to be in the Italian Forum, however we googled and visited and couldn’t find it.  One would presume it a) no longer exists or b) never existed.

10. The fountain at the Italian Forum – we posted this picture and honest to god thought we had the right location….apparently not.  So I guess it goes on this list by default?



48. Leichhardt Oval – TPS

“‘Are you coming on Sunday Tom?’ she asks. ‘Both your teams are playing each other at Leichhardt oval.'”– pg 259

Leichhardt oval was an oversight when we went on our road trip and it wasn’t until one of the many occasions on our blogging nights that Rachel was flicking through the book instead of actively contributing that she noticed that we hadn’t actually included it on our list.  Fortunately Melina Marchetta and Gayle Forman were talking at Kinokuniya book store, Sydney in May 2013, so we obviously had to get plane tickets (which Rachel bought for my birthday present! Best ever) and go there for ‘Just One Day’ (oh. em. gee. second best day of our LIVES). It was this day that we got our opportunity to rectify our former oversight.

Thanks to my Aunty Taylor, we were able to get to Leichhardt Oval with relative ease as she kindly drove us there.  To say thanks, we politely abandoned her to do the talking when we got in trouble for walking on the oval… ‘Cos you wouldn’t want to ruin the grass and mud that gets churned up by football boots…..



47. The Fountain At The Italian Forum – TPS

‘They can’t find a table big enough, so they end up sitting around the fountain at the Italian Forum’ – pg 219

If you keep reading this paragraph, you get to a part where it says ‘Their voices are drowned out by the Qantas 747 flying directly over their heads’. It was pure coincidence that when we visited the fountain, I happened to hear/see a plane flying overhead, one which I’m going to go ahead and call a Qantas 747. I love it when that kind of stuff happens!

– Rachel


46. Temple Street – TPS

‘He goes for a walk and finds himself two blocks away in Temple Street, outside the house he grew up in. It’s a semi, much smaller than Georgie’s, with a tiny garden path and a bit of a lawn and a border for planting roses.’ – pg  85

I think Temple Street was probably my favourite location. I’ve mentioned before how doing the playlists made me feel close to these characters who are so very dear to me. Fictional or not, Thomas Mackee is to me what Tara Finke is to him. So Temple Street was probably most exciting for me because it’s most specific to him; a Tom-only location. And look, maaaaaybe I was hoping we could find his house, based on the description given in the book… And maybe I was hoping we would find him there… Ok, ok, the lines between fiction & reality become a little blurred for me sometimes. Anyway, we were visiting a few other locations that are in the same area so we parked down the end of Temple Street and walked down to Stanmore Station before crossing over to the other side to head back up Percival Road and then we trundled up and down Temple Street, looking at the houses and having an intense I-wish-with-all-heart-that-my favourite-fictional-characters-were-real moment. Then I checked us in on FB. And then what else was there to do but take many a photo? The one above is my absolute fave of the lot, and definitely one of my faves from our entire road trip.

– Rachel

45. Maroubra Beach – TPS


‘In the early hours of the morning a bunch of them drive to Maroubra Beach like they used to when they were at school.’ – pg 152

So visiting Maroubra Beach was a different experience in the way that we had to drive out of the city to get to it and it had more of a suburban feel, but the same in the way that we still got lost in our attempt to get there. Oh, if there’s one thing you can depend on, it’s our ability to get lost. But anyhoo, not-so-long story short, we got there in the end, parked with relative ease for a change and hopped out to mosey on down to the boardwalk slash promenade thing. We were in a rather hysterical mood because we were killing ourselves laughing over Laddergoat AGAIN. Yes, you can also be sure of our ability to find something incredibly hilarious, no matter how old it is in the world of the interwebz. So we were walking along, quoting aloud and laughing our heads off while also trying to find a sign or something that we could photograph that would identify this place as Maroubra beach. Unfortunately, we didn’t find anything, so I made Annette create a make-shift sign: like Waterloo Oval, in the photo above, Annette has her arm over the word ‘Playground’. Sadly, it was the best we could do. Then we went and sat on the beach so we could read for a while. But Annette really isn’t the greatest fan of the beach plus the wind was quite strong so we didn’t stay long before heading home.

– Rachel