While I Have Pedro

While I Have Pedro


“… an engrossing and entertaining read!”

SKU: 9781921665165 Categories: , , Product ID: 2862


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Crime fiction: He’s been charged with murder, and police suspect he is the serial arsonist who has been torching Melbourne’s churches. But Red Coltrane, an intellectually and physically challenged man living in supported accommodation, is determined to find the arsonist and stop the fires. To do that, he will need to rely on the one person he’s sure won’t let him down, his long-term carer and hero, Pedro. NOW AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK –  http://ebooks.readings.com.au/product/444

Reminiscent of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, this book will resonate long after you have finished reading it.


Though a crime fiction book, the genre allows the reader to engage with bigger questions than just whodunit (though of course, that’s important):

    • How tolerant are we of disability, especially intellectual disability?
    • Does our society’s instinct to treat intellectually disabled adults as though they are children actually cause harm of its own kind?
    • Organised religion constitutes a central motif in the book – churches are targeted by an arsonist, yet it’s in church that Red feels welcomed. How have the scandals that have rocked the church affected the ability of religion to argue for a better, more tolerant, more engaged society?
    • What motivates people to be good?
      But however worthy, While I Have Pedro is, above all, an engrossing and entertaining read!

Review in Bayside Leader: http://bayside-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/a-story-to-tell/


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