Nominated by:

The State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Text Publishing Company, Australia

Day Boy

Trent Jamieson    

2017 Longlist

Mark is a Day Boy.

In a post-traumatic future the Masters—formerly human, now practically immortal—rule a world that bends to their will and a human population upon which they feed. Invincible by night, all but helpless by day, each relies on his Day Boy to serve and protect him.

Mark has been lucky in his Master: Dain has treated him well. But as he grows to manhood and his time as a Day Boy draws to a close, there are choices to be made.

Will Mark undergo the Change and become, himself, a Master—or throw in his lot with his fellow humans? As the tensions in his conflicted world reach crisis point, Mark’s decision may be crucial.

In Day Boy Trent Jamieson reimagines the elements of the vampire myth in a wholly original way. This is a beautifully written and surprisingly tender novel about fathers and sons, and what it may mean to become a man. Or to remain one.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Trent Jamieson is a teacher, bookseller and writer of science fiction and fantasy, including the Death Works series. He has twice won Aurealis Awards for his short stories. He lives in Brisbane.

Librarian’s Comments

Day Boy employs a unique speculative fiction world – a post-traumatic Australian future – to interrogate themes of fatherhood, masculinity and infertility. A powerful example of using re-imaginged mythology to explore contemporary topics.

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