Nominated by:

The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

The State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Penguin Books Australia

Golden Boys

Sonya Hartnett    

2016 Longlist

With their father, there’s always a catch . . .

Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian have moved to a new, working-class suburb. The Jensons are different. Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts – toys, bikes, all that glitters most – and makes them the envy of the neighbourhood.

To Freya Kiley and the other local kids, the Jensons are a family from a magazine, and Rex a hero – successful, attentive, attractive, always there to lend a hand. But to Colt he’s an impossible figure in a different way: unbearable, suffocating. Has Colt got Rex wrong, or has he seen something in his father that will destroy their fragile new lives?

(from publisher)

About the Author

Sonya Hartnett’s work has won numerous Australian and international literary prizes and has been published around the world. Uniquely, she is acclaimed for her stories for adults, young adults and children. Her accolades include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Of a Boy, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for Thursday’s Child, and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Surrender. Hartnett is also the first Australian recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Librarians’ Comments

Golden Boys was selected by Victoria public librarian vote from a list of nominations complied by the State Library of Victoria.

Winner of the Indie Book Awards (fiction category). Shortlisted for: NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and ABIA 2015 Award. Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, Stella Prize and ALS Gold Medal.

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