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About the book
  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714357
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 242

Confessions Of A Liar, Thief And Failed Sex God




It’s 1967. The world is rocking, and Neil is growing up fast.

It’s 1967. The world is rocking, and Neil is growing up fast.

I have this annoying problem that gives me a lot of trouble: a conscience.

Neil Bridges attends a Catholic boys’ school in which teachers rule with iron fists and thick leather straps. Some crumble under the pressure but Neil toughs it out, just as his Vietnam-bound older brother has done before him. He has to be a man, after all. But at sixteen, how can he be sure of himself when he’s not sure of anything else? He loses a friend and finds another, falls in love and unwittingly treads a path that leads to revenge and possibly murder . . .

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714357
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 242

About the Author

Bill Condon

Bill Condon's young adult novels Dogs (2001) and No Worries (2005) were Honour Books in the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards. No Worries was also shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize in the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Daredevils made the long-list in the inaugural Inky Awards, Australia's first teenage choice awards. Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God won the Prime Minister's Literary Award - Young Adult.

When not writing, Bill plays tennis, snooker, and Scrabble, but hardly ever at the same time. His dream is to receive a wildcard invitation to play tennis at Wimbledon - if nothing else, his knees would provide great comic relief for the spectators.

He lives on the south coast of New South Wales with his wife, the well-known children's author Di (Dianne) Bates.

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Praise for Confessions Of A Liar, Thief And Failed Sex God

“Winner, Young Adult Category 2010”

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

“Longlisted 2010”

Golden Inky Award, Centre for Youth Literature

“Condon presents readers with confronting and emotive issues . . . Yet he still manages to weave humour, tenderness, love and mateship into the framework of the novel. His deft hand as artist of words and emotions, his exploration of boyhood’s dreams and manhood’s desires are beautifully achieved. Neil’s humble and at times tentative philosophising adds depth and credibility to his character . . . this is a tale of hope and healing. Highly recommended, it will stay with you long after the reading.”

The Sun Herald

“Condon captures Neil’s voice perfectly and the character has depth and authenticity . . . witty with a delightfully dark sense of humour.”

Good Reading

“A gripping read, with convincing characters and real suspense . . . the economical writing is pared back - but never glosses over the complexities of growing up and of life in general.”

Magpies


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