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Sonya Hartnett's novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one of Australia's finest writers.

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?

Sonya Hartnett's novel for adults is an unflinching and utterly compelling work from one Australia's finest writers.

'Golden Boys has a line-by line brilliance that is startling ... [Hartnett] is one of Australia's most penetrating analysts of the travail and turmoil of families, especially as witnessed and suffered by the young.' Weekend Australian

'Sonya Hartnett is that rarest and most precious of writers: a reverse Peter Pan.' Saturday Paper

'A web in which it is a pleasure to become entangled.' Saturday Paper

'Succinct and vivid.' The Age

'A fine portrait of the charming predator.' West Australian

'An absorbing, fiercely elegant and tangibly believable novel that raises questions about our responsibility to bear witness – and details the complex obstacles to doing so.' Australian Book Review

Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781743484623

    August 16, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    224 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2015
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    Australian Book Industry Awards
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    The Miles Franklin Literary Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    The Miles Franklin Literary Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    Victorian Premier's Literary Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    Victorian Premier's Literary Award
    Shortlisted

Also by Sonya Hartnett

The Wild One
The Boy and The Toy
Life in Ten Houses: Penguin Special
The Best Australian Stories 2012
Children of the King
Come Down, Cat!
The Midnight Zoo
Surrender: Popular Penguins
Butterfly
Of a Boy: Popular Penguins
Ghost's Child
The Silver Donkey
Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf
Surrender
Forest
Of a Boy
Thursday's Child
All My Dangerous Friends
The Devil Latch
Sleeping Dogs
Princes
Black Foxes
Wilful Blue

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Best Laid Plans
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
Colombiano
The Trip of a Lifetime