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This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life. From one of Australia's most loved novelists.

He felt like a pirate landing on an island of little maimed animals. A great wave had swept them up and dumped them here. All of them, like him, stranded, wanting to go home.

Perth, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Frank, survivor of Nazi-occupied Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio. In hospital, he befriends Sullivan, a poet, who inspires Frank with his love of words and how they can change a life.

When Frank is moved to The Golden Age, the polio convalescent home, he enters a little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs: love and desire, death and poetry. Where children must learn that they're alone, even within their families. Then one day Frank sees twelve-year-old Elsa in the Girls' ward, and they quickly form a forbidden, passionate bond…

Written in Joan London's customary clear-eyed prose, The Golden Age evokes a time past, and a yearning for deep connection. It is a rare and precious gem of a book from one of Australia's finest novelists.

'London's prose is a seamlessly shifting blend of poetry, pathos and humor' Washington Post

Reviews

[Joan London] has already proven in novels such as Gilgamesh and The Good Parents to be our finest living writer of marriage and family life. The Golden Age burnishes these credentials: it is her most accomplished and keenly felt work to date. Every other book I read this year will seem loud and blatant beside it.

Geordie Williamson, The Australian

Fearless, graceful and deeply benevolent

Helen Garner

London is my favourite Australian writer; her prose is matchless in its precision, beauty and clear-eyed compassion

Charlotte Wood

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780857989000

    August 3, 2015

    Vintage Australia

    256 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781741666441

    August 1, 2014

    Vintage Australia

    256 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780857981547

    August 1, 2014

    RHA eBooks Adult

    256 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Also by Joan London

Gilgamesh
The New Dark Age
The Good Parents